|I found this picture on the internet, unattributed|
It look me three tries to Willow Run to find the second species that was on my list: the lapland longspur. This bird also hangs with the larks and buntings but it is in smaller numbers and is a little harder to pick out. It was a new one for me.
Most people who take an interest in those things that are 'out-of-doors' (what a quaint expression!) are familiar with the cedar waxwings -- they will strip the fruit from cherries and amelanchiers in no time, and they put on a great aerial display in summer as they dart from trees and catch insects over the Huron River. Uncommon in our area is the bohemian waxwing. Someone spotted a flock of them at Four Mile Lake near Chelsea (it was dead quiet when I visited). And several people reported seeing a large flock at Brighton Recreation Area. On my second try into that area, I found them: approximately 57 individuals, plumper and bigger than cedars waxwings and grey on the belly instead of yellowish.
Some other species that have been spotted "locally" in recent days: short-eared owl, northern shrike, and townsend's solitaire.