Thursday, June 4, 2020

Red-winged Blackbird Vs Great Blue Heron

The heron was not bothered at all by the blackbird.

Charlie DeWitt

Monday, June 1, 2020

Ruddy Turnstones at Grand Haven

There were 3 Ruddy Turnstones on the Grand Haven north pier this afternoon.  They were first reported by Carl and Judy Manning.

- Charlie DeWitt

Crane Family at Snug Harbor

Carol Cooper phoned this afternoon to report a baby Sandhill Crane with its parents at Snug Harbor.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Piping Plover at Muskegon State Park

Piping Plover
I hope they nest again this year.

- Charlie DeWitt

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Warbling Vireo Nest

Warbling Vireo building its nest on the Wastewater properties.

- Charlie DeWitt

Monday, May 25, 2020

Birding Grand Haven on Memorial Day

I birded Harbor Island and East Grand River (Flahive) Park in Grand Haven this morning.  There were birds, but few migrants.  Water was of course extraordinarily high at both places.

Among the 20 species at Harbor Island were Warbling Vireo, Cedar Waxwing, Baltimore Oriole and Black-and-White Warbler.  The 17 species at Flahive included Eastern Wood-Pewee, Warbling Vireo, Purple Martin, Cedar Waxwing, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole and American Redstart.

Cedar Waxwing at Flahive Park

Baltimore Oriole at Flahive Park

- Ric

Friday, May 22, 2020

May 16 Covid Big Day Count

On May 16, 2020, our methods were different than the third Saturdays in previous years, but we still conducted a Big Day Count of sorts despite the Covid-19 epidemic and the need for social distancing.  We found 137 bird species in Muskegon County that day.  Click here for a full report.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stilt, Black Tern, Trumpeters and More

 Black-necked Stilt

The trick to finding the Black-necked Stilt is to find a wet cell. We were first told that it was in Cell D5 and that is where we found it.  45 minutes later that cell was dry and the bird was gone. It was later located in Cell C11.  When we first got to the wastewater, Cell C11 was dry.

 Black Tern
on the north end of the center dike.

Trumpeter Swans
in the "D" cells
photo by Carol DeWitt

We also had Grasshopper Sparrow in the "D" cells and an Eared Grebe in the south east corner of the east lagoon.

- Charlie DeWitt

Monday, May 18, 2020

Black-necked Stilt at Wastewater

Ken Sapkowski phoned this evening that Ethan Kibbey saw a Black-necked Stilt this afternoon on the Wastewater properties.

Blackpoll Warblers on Harbor Island.

There were two Blackpoll Warblers at Harbor Island this morning.

Charlie DeWitt

Sunday, May 17, 2020

April 23 Osprey Identified !

Back on April 23 (older posts below) we posted "Can We Identify This Osprey?" with a photo by Kevin Feenstra of a banded bird with some numbers identifiable.  Kevin found out and sends this image of explanation.  Thanks!

 - Ric

Two Birds with Attitude

Bruce Delamarter sends this photo of a Red-winged Blackbird attacking a Mute Swan.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Whimbrels and Little Blue Herons

May 15 Emails:

“Unusual, but there were two Little Blue Herons at the clay pond at the Wastewater today around 11 a.m.  I saw the head only of one there two days ago — was glad for this confirmation.“

- David Holmberg

“11 Whimbrels on the Wastewater center dike this afternoon.”

- Mark Moerdyk

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Grand Haven This Morning

 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

 Warbling Vireo

 Nashville Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

These are some of the birds I saw at East End Park, Grand Haven.  I also had a Blue-headed Vireo and a Great Crested Flycatcher.  At Harbor Island I found a Wilson's Warbler and a Blackburnian Warbler.

Charlie DeWitt

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Raven at Black Lake This Morning

I birded Black Lake Park this cool, beautiful morning.  I found 40 bird species the best being a Common Raven flying and "crawking" northbound just above the treetops near the creek.

Other notable species included Sandhill Crane, Red-shouldered Hawk (a pair chasing each other and vocalizing), Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet ...

...  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, Wood Thrush, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush (both sides of the creek south of the parking lot), Magnolia Warbler (blurry photo of perhaps the same bird as ten days ago?) ...

... Palm Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (several singing, including this male), ...

... and Eastern Kingbird (my 100th Year Bird) on a post on the far side of the parking lot as I was leaving.

- Ric