Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Still a large number of birds in the channel. Saturday's sunshine and calm winds brought out a large number of birders looking for the King Eider and Barrow's Goldeneye. At least 2 Black Scoters were spotted toward the mouth of the channel. Pictures aren't the best as they were a long ways away.
Barrow's and Common Goldeneye
Black Scoter, male
Black Scoter, female
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
February 11 Email:
"I'm out of here because I no longer fit in my hole."
"Anyone have any Alka-Seltzer?"
"Ken's gotta stop feeding me Paczki's."
He stayed there until 6:20 p.m. when we watched him fly off. (By then he's alert and wild-eyed.)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I spent 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Muskegon Channel today. I watched this Red-breasted Merganser food-fight.
The channel is mostly frozen over. There is some open water on the south side and a little on the north side. If tonight is as cold as last night, it might be frozen over completely by morning.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I found the Red-throated Loon that was reported at the Muskegon Channel. I viewed it from the Channel St. parking lot at the east end of the channel. The channel was freezing over starting at Muskegon Lake and working its way to the boats. The good news is the parking lot by the USS Silversides was plowed today.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
After seeing the King Eider and Barrow's Goldeneye, I saw a Red-breasted Merganser eat a crayfish and a Common Goldeneye go down a hole in the water :-). At about 10:00 there were still eider watchers.
I also found this Long-tailed Duck with an iced-over bill. On January 30 Don Newmann posted a picture of a Long-tailed Duck with ice over its eyes and ice on its bill. Could this be the same duck?
February 7 to Mich-Listers:
Both the adult male Barrow’s Goldeneye and the 1st winter male King Eider were seen this afternoon in the Muskegon Channel. There appears to be a pattern to where these birds are located. Viewing from the parking area directly behind the U of M research vessel, the eider seems to like the area directly out from the parking lot. A couple days ago it was near the far bank, but today it was near the boat (only about 30 yards away). The goldeneye seems to like the far shore west of the parking lot. Today it was about about 300-400 yards west of the parking lot. We walked the path west along the river to get better views. The water is now open all the way to Lake Michigan, but the birds so far are staying in the channel. They are finding lots of food in the shallow water along the river bank (looks like mollusks of some kind as well as small fish). The open water is a big area (probably about 1/3 mile along the channel) and there are thousands of birds. The weather isn’t supposed to change much tomorrow, so I believe there is an excellent chance the birds will be there on Saturday.
- Chip Francke
Thursday, February 6, 2014
February 5 to Mich-Listers:
The male Barrow’s Goldeneye and the 1st winter male King Eider were both present this morning in the Muskegon Channel. Birders that were there included Carl and Judi Manning, Liz Notman, Bob Sabine and Reg Crowe. All got great looks at both birds. Both ducks were found from the Silversides submarine parking lot. The goldeneye was along the far river bank and west of the parking lot. The eider was on the far river bank directly across from the parking lot. The first parking lot you come to (where most people are viewing from) is not plowed and you might get stuck unless you have all wheel drive. I believe the main parking lot that is a short distance further is plowed and a better place to park. From this second parking lot, it is a very short walk back to the viewing location. In the last two days, the winds have blown much of the ice into Lake Michigan and there is only a narrow strip of ice keeping the ducks from venturing further west into the big lake. If this ice breaks free, it might be much harder to find these birds. - Chip Francke
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
- Charlie DeWitt
Earlier this morning, several birders including Charlie and me saw the Barrow's Goldeneye in the channel in the general vicinity of the Coast Guard station. A Lifer for Charlie! There were also thousands of other ducks, many hundreds of which were Long-tailed's and White-winged Scoters. - Ric
February 3 to Mich-listers:
Just a few details on the male Barrow’s Goldeneye in the Muskegon Channel. Many birders saw the duck today and it is likely the bird will stay around for a while. If you are not familiar with this area, you will want to go to Pere Marquette Park on the south side of the channel, then proceed to the Silversides submarine/museum parking area. From there, you can see the birds and walk along the channel if desired. When I was there today (about 2:00 p.m.), the duck was swimming back and forth along the far shore and was diving frequently. It was west of the parking lot about half way to the edge of the ice. In addition to the Barrow’s, there are thousands of other waterbirds. Many Long-tailed Ducks and White-winged Scoters at very close range. Great opportunity for viewing or photos.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Saturday, February 1, 2014
February 1 Email:
"The neighborhood Red-shouldered Hawk has learned how to remove my suet feeder from its hook and has lunch (in photos below). He had dessert yesterday because there were Junco feathers on top of it!" - Diane Corradi
Diane took these photos with her phone and mentioned that she also had two Eastern Towhees at her house today (see Ted's post below). - Ric