To see all the details in some of the pictures, right-click them. From the mini-list choose "Open link in new window". In that window click the picture for actual size, often too big to fit your monitor. Scroll around to appreciate all the details. Then click again to see the entire picture.
. Chip Francke visited the homeowners (see post below) Saturday night. Although unable to observe the bird, he's pretty sure based on description and habitat (very wooded) that the owl south of Grand Haven is an immature Barred Owl, not a Barn Owl. .
. Yesterday I heard a reliable report of a Barn Owl in apparently good health living south of Grand Haven this year. If I get more details that can be posted here, I will. . Ron Buechele saw a Black Ternbetween the Muskegon River and the Lane's Landing marsh yesterday (6/21/12). Location Correction: between the north and south branches of the Muskegon River just east of US-31. .
. Carol and I couldn't go near the flowers alongside our garage today without being buzzed and sworn at by a Mama Baltimore Oriole. She spent her day protecting and bringing food to this and another of her fledglings who stayed in the garden from breakfast to suppertime. .
. Meanwhile I found out that the Peregrine Falcons at the Cobb Plant were successful again in raising a family. This year they used a new box on the facility itself (not either of the boxes on the smokestack). They raised three youngsters all of which were banded by Nik Kalejs of the Michigan DNR as usual. .
I went to the Norton Shores leaf dump looking for a cuckoo; no luck. I did see 11 species of butterflies, 5 species of dragonflies and many flowers. The trouble with looking for bugs and flowers on the ground is you miss the birds in the trees!
. While waiting for the Lake Express along the north side of the Muskegon Channel yesterday, Carol Cooper took these photos of a Great Blue Heron fishing. Carol also observed Purple Martins and Bank Swallows. .
. The Great Horned Owlet(see May 18 post below) was successfully released back to its parents a few days ago. Dan Lockard sends these photos from whenSueandDave Stamy attempted the release in daytime. The owlet just stayed on the ground. So they recaptured it and released it that night, and it rejoined its sibling and parents. . Dan also sends these photos from yesterday at the Wastewater of Bonaparte's Gulls, Baltimore Oriole, Dunlin, Great Egret and bunny rabbit. .
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