empidonax (from empidos, mosquito, and anax, king) minimus (least)
Tuesday, May 27, 1980 — 10:16 am
Mio, Michigan — woods along Au Sable River near town
I got up early and drove north to Mio to take the tour of the Kirtland’s Warbler nesting grounds. I arrived too late for the early tour and too early for the late tour. I drove down the road a half mile or so and parked in a lot near a boat landing on the Au Sable River. I wandered down a path that cut through the thick woods along the river. I went a mile or so until I ended up in a residential area. As I retraced my steps, I heard a flycatcher singing. I traced the “che-bek” and spotted two birds sitting on a high perch in the understory about 100 feet from the river.