Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Yesterday a flock of European Starlings invaded our backyard. Most remained on the ground, but several climbed all over our seed feeder, and some even flew to the peanut feeder at our kitchen window.
They were in a frenzy, squawking and jostling, hanging to the feeder and flopping on the windowsill. At one point there were five on the peanut feeder at the same time! I never saw one pull a peanut, nor do I know if a starling can even eat a peanut. What was that about?
Comments most welcome!
Friday, February 24, 2017
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid has now been confirmed at Hoffmaster State Park! This is bad news. If you live in the West Michigan area, you might remove any bird feeders from their proximity to Hemlock trees. For information about a training session next month for volunteers to help monitor hemlocks, see today's post on our homepage.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I heard four "peents" from at least one American Woodcock just before dark this evening on their field near the blueberry patch. Three calls from north were within a minute; one from south was three minutes later. All could have been from the same bird. I didn't see or hear any flights, but nearby traffic noise and a very dark sky made hearing and viewing difficult.
This is two weeks earlier in the season than I've ever heard them before -- thanks to Charlie DeWitt for suggesting I give "my field" a listen!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Spending the winter in Georgia. Had large numbers of robins and bluebirds pass through over the past couple weeks, plus finches, and a few warblers seem to be coming now.
Pictured: Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pine Warbler and Red-headed Woodpecker.
- Don Neumann
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Monday, February 6, 2017
After renewing my pass and seeing Anita Friend about some club business, I drove around the Wastewater properties this morning. I found nothing unusual: this male Common Goldeneye, a few hundred Canada Geese, several dozen Mallards, a few Gadwall, plus the usual crows, gulls and starlings.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
After snapping some site-photos at Muskegon State Park this morning, I drove back to the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, threw seed on the pavilion feeders, and watched the usual suspects come in for breakfast.
American Tree Sparrows
Black-capped Chickadee (one of Brian's)
Tree Sparrows out-numbered all others, and there were plenty of chickadees, cardinals and jays plus some doves, nuthatches, juncos, titmice and House Sparrows.