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Checklist S10532825

 
Location
Roselle Park, Kent County, Michigan, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:50 AM 🌙 Nocturnal
Protocol:
Area
Party Size:
1
Duration:
25 minute(s)
Area: 10.0 ac
Observers:
Zachary DeBruine
Comments:
YERA hunt -- second try
Species
14 species total
1
Mallard
1
Virginia Rail
3
Sora

4 different calls heard. One new which I've never heard before, like the inverse of "ker-wee", a melancholy sad distress signal or something.

Breeding Code
T Territorial Defense (Probable)
1
Yellow Rail

Gave 2 sequences of "tic-tic tic-tic-tic" after being called very briefly at 5:58 AM. Was subdued, mellow, and somewhat distant but heard clearly. The bird was very secretive, as it only responded to my first very brief call once. I called 4 more times for very short intervals over the next 5 minutes, but it did not respond again.

To get to this bird, leave the main trail around B and walk straight towards the largest far cluster of green bushes in the marsh (it should be obvious, at C). Then from that cluster of bushes, walk due west (towards Grand River Ave.) about 100 yds directly into the middle of the marsh towards A. The Yellow Rail was calling at exactly A, on the edge of the largest green grassy patch which borders the largest expanse of cattails. Best luck pre-dawn/post-dusk, I think. I didn't have success yesterday morning from 6:30-7:30. Wear waders/knee-high waterproof boots.

2
Wilson's Snipe
1
Eastern Screech-Owl

Heard at 5:50 calling twice from the horse farm just south of the main entrance. Observed by Steven Minard frequently here all winter.

Breeding Code
T Territorial Defense (Probable)
2
Tufted Titmouse
6
Eastern Bluebird
Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
5
American Robin
1
White-throated Sparrow
2
Song Sparrow
15
Swamp Sparrow
Breeding Code
T Territorial Defense (Probable)
10
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Northern Cardinal
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes