Saturday, June 29, 2013

Norton Shores Fawn

June 28 Email:

I found this little guy right at my front door this morning.  Later my wife found it lying on the front step.
Theron Wierenga
Norton Shores

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Female Spangled Skimmer
 Male Spangled Skimmer
Male Blue Dasher
Female Eastern Pondhawk
Damselfly (one of the Bluets)

On the 22nd of June 2013 I went for a walk at Black Lake Park in Norton Shores.  The reason for the walk was to find dragonflies and damselflies.  I found 10 species of dragonflies and several species of damselflies.  The drain ditch on the south side of the park is a very good place to observe them.  I also found 9 species of birds and 4 species of butterflies.

Charlie DeWitt

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Florida Visitor Records 64 Species at WW

June 16 Email:

Here is a list of the bird species spotted at the Muskegon Wastewater area during my visit from Florida between 5/31 and 6/16, 2013.

American Coot
American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Robin
Bald Eagle (juvenile)
Baltimore Oriole
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown Thrasher
Bufflehead (male)
Canada Geese/goslings
Canvasback (male/female)
Chipping Sparrow
Cliff Swallow
Common Grackle
Coopers Hawk
Downy Woodpecker
Double-crested Cormorant
Eared Grebe (LIFE BIRD)
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Towhee
European Starling
Gadwall (male/female)
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Herring Gull
Horned Lark
Lesser Scaup
Mallard (male/female/ducklings)
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal
Northern Flicker
Northern Harrier
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Northern Shoveler (male/female)
Orchard Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruddy Duck (male/female)
Sandhill Crane
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Tree Swallow
Turkey Vulture
Upland Sandpiper (+ one baby)
Wild Turkey
Wood Duck (female only)
Yellow Warbler 
Unidentified Sparrow-like bird

Rog Newell
Valrico, FL

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dickcissel and Eared Grebe at W.W. Saturday

After the MCNC field trip I stopped at Muskegon County Wastewater to get my Dickcissel for the year (#234, Ric).  It was in RI Cell E5.

Charlie DeWitt

Charlie, thanks for the info if not for the number.  Great photos!  FYI the Northern Waterthrush on the field trip was my 166th, but who's counting?  Meanwhile, Hank Veldman emailed yesterday the following info and photo.  - Ric

I found an Eared Grebe at Wastewater Friday AM on the N side of the E lagoon. Also, near it was the Canvasback that others have reported recently. - Hank Veldman, Grand Rapids

Pewee and Dragonfly on Field Trip

Six of us recorded 30 bird species (plus various damsel and dragonflies and a dead porcupine) on the Howard Christensen Nature Center field trip this morning.  Carol Cooper sends these trip photos of an Eastern Wood-pewee and female White-tailed Dragonfly.

- Ric


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sandpiper, Flycatcher and Turtle at W.W.

Dan Lockard emails these photos which he took at the Wastewater yesterday (6/11/13).  The first is an Upland Sandpiper, the second I'm calling Eastern Wood-pewee, and the third a Box Turtle.  I don't "do" turtles and may have missed the flycatcher too, so please click "Comments" below if you have corrections or additions.  Thanks!

- Ric

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Osprey vs. Eagle Muskegon River

June 10 Email:

I really enjoy looking at the birding website in the evenings.   I was wondering if you would like to post a couple of bird photos anonymously. Today I had an immature Bald Eagle and an Osprey in a brawl over the Muskegon River.  The image quality isn't the greatest, but thought people might enjoy them anyways. 

Wow!  I'm sure they will.  Thanks!  - Ric

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Red-winged Blackbird

Roxanne Eacker sends this portrait of a Red-winged Blackbird at Snug Harbor today.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Great-crested Flycatcher and Killdeer Nest

Nobody has posted a new picture for awhile so I thought I'd post this Great-crested Flycatcher that I saw at Lane's Landing on Tuesday evening, 6/4/2013.

Mike Boston

Meanwhile Carol Cooper sends this photo of a Killdeer Nest she found in Muskegon Township.  - Ric