Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday Birding and Friday Woodpeckers

Yes, it would have been difficult sitting on the Lost Lake bench this morning.  At least the trail was dry enough to walk up to the lake.  

There were a number of birds at Snug Harbor and the Lost Lake Trail, none out of the ordinary (although eBird tagged 3 Black-throated Green Warblers as unusually high).  Others included a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk and my nemesis vireo in the Hemlocks, singing slower than most Red-eyed's but never showing itself to be Blue-headed!  A beautiful morning nonetheless.

Friday morning an old friend and I met at McGraft Park for a Covid picnic-table breakfast.  During our meal, Red-headed Woodpeckers flew and called all around us!

- Ric

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Pelicans !

July 15 Email:

I saw these big boys off Winnetaska Rd. in Norton Shores around 11:00 today. New camera !! 

- Dave Holmberg

American White Pelicans and Double-Crested Cormorants
by David Holmberg

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Bobolinks and Ducklings

Below are two phoros from this weekend in your area.  The Bobolink was found at Lane's Landing and ducklings at the east pond of the Wastewater.  A male and female scaup stayed just outside of camera range so I couldn't get either adult in the picture.  

- Phil Willemstein, Grand Rapids

Thanks to Phil Chu for noticing that these ducklings are Hooded Mergansers.  Maybe the adult scaups were trying to figure that out too!  - Ric

Monday, July 6, 2020

Avocets at Muskegon State Park

Shirlee Sodini took this phone picture of two American Avocets at Muskegon State Park north of the Muskegon Channel this morning.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Peregrine Falcon at Harbor Island

An immature Peregrine Falcon perched on girders at the Board of Light and Power facility was the only unusual sighting (since the nest box is no longer on the smoke stack) this morning at Harbor Island.

Among the other 22 bird species were these adult Mute Swans and three signets in the green muck.

Others birds included Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Yellow Warbler and Indigo Bunting.

- Ric

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Hummingbird Staying Cool

July 2 Email:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird cooling off in my sprinker.  The water shows up well in the dark areas.

- Bruce Delamarter

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Black Lake This Morning

Close encounters with a Common Yellowthroat, Great Crested Flycatcher and Veery added to the beauty of this morning's birding at Black Lake Park.  

Thanks to Charlie DeWitt last Saturday for identifying a female Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly for us on the Howard Christensen field trip.  That helped when I saw this pretty green guy this morning.  No three spots on the wings (see female photo here) indicated this was a male (and I confirmed that with Charlie before posting it here). 

Male Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

I found 27 bird species in two hours, none of them out-of-the-ordinary.  Several mosquitoes found me.

- Ric

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Cecropia Moth

Mike Vanderstelt photographed this large insect at his place yesterday:

Cecropia Moth

Sunday, June 21, 2020

June Field Trip Report

Yesterday ten of us found 43 bird species at the Howard Christensen Nature Center during our first field trip since the Covid-19 shut-down.  Details and photos here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Mmmmm. Delicious !

So Torsten Pawlowski got more than a hummingbird at his feeder up on the Muskegon River.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Ottawa Sands County Park Saturday

The lake with a Tree Swallow overhead.

I spent a couple of hours walking the trails at Ottawa Sands County Park this cool, windy morning finding 29 bird species and a pretty butterfly along the way.  Water was high, including in the woods where some parts looked like ponds. 

Male Mallard on water deep in the woods.

Other species included Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Wood-pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Tree and Barn Swallows, Song and Chipping Sparrows, and Yellow Warbler.

Spotted Sandpiper

Red-spotted Purple Admiral (?) Butterfly

- Ric

Friday, June 12, 2020

Field Trips Resume !

For the first time since February, our club will conduct its monthly field trip on Saturday morning, June 20, 2020.  Click here for details.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Watching Today’s Sunrise

Mike VanderStelt sends this picture of Rambi (on the left) and his female Mourning Dove friend watching this morning’s sunrise from the railing on Mike’s deck.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Searching for an Upland Sandpiper

Today I spent some enjoyable time at three locations with Bruce Matasick from Indiana.  We missed on our target bird, Upland Sandpiper, despite spending a few hours on the south Wastewater fields.

We did find a Year Bird, Green-winged Teal, on the east lagoon.

The Wastewater also provided plenty of Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks, two Common Ravens, and a few Grasshopper Sparrows and Bobolinks:

A Cerulean Warbler sang repeatedly from the north side of the Maple River west of the DNR headquarters at the Muskegon State Game Area.  We also saw American Redstart and Belted Kingfisher there, and a Wood Thrush walking the Lane's Landing road.
- Ric

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Blackbird Versus Heron

The Great Blue Heron was not bothered at all by the Red-winged Blackbird.

- Charlie DeWitt