Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
I spent two hours at the Grand Haven north pier Monday taking pictures of the Common Eider. I hope it sticks around for Thursday; that would be a great way to start my new "Year List".
- Charlie DeWitt
(See comments: eider still there on Tuesday.)
Saturday, December 27, 2014
December 26 Email:
I didn't catch sight of the Common Eider in Grand Haven today, but I did enjoy my trip to the Muskegon Wastewater. I found two Glaucous Gulls among the hundreds of gulls on what's left of the ice in the east lagoon. Also saw three Snowy Owls and informed a newcomer not to approach them on foot. He was taking pictures. The highlight of my day was the great looks I got of a Golden Eagle. I was really happy to get a few good photos too. Beautiful day.
- Bob Kingsbury
Bob, thanks for the photos and the report, and for explaining to the photographer about approaching the owls. A lady emailed me yesterday that she saw two photographers throwing white mice in a dry rapid filtration lagoon to get photos of the owls flying. Unfortunately it may be time for me to stop posting Snowy Owl information here as I did two years ago due to poor human behavior. - Ric
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Common Eider (posted below) was still at the north pier in Grand Haven as of 1:30 p.m. At 2:00 some kite surfers came down to the beach and all the ducks flew off. I think that it would still be worth while checking for the eider. The duck were feeding next to the pier and I think they will come back.
- Charlie DeWitt
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
This morning Carol and I went to the Muskegon County Wastewater looking for the Golden Eagle. We were unable to find it. Someone had seen it near the RI cell this morning before we got there. On the way to the Wastewater we saw a Snowy Owl on Moorland Rd. just south of Cline and
Carol got a nice picture of it. I had to settle for a picture of some Mallards and a Black-capped Chickadee.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
On Tuesday I stayed at the Wastewater late hoping to see short-eared owls. No SE Owls, but this Great Horned Owl was already out hunting for the night.
- Don Neumann
Wednesday evening Don posted the information and photo above. Earlier in the day he had emailed me a beautiful photo of a Snowy Owl landing on the ground on the Wastewater properties with this explanation: "Just wanted to let you know there was a lady walking through the fields today pushing the snowies as she tried to get pictures. I'm not posting any if that's what we get from it."
Two winters ago I stopped posting any pictures of Snowy Owls on this blog because I didn't want to be even a small part of leading people to harass wild animals. Please, if you go out to observe them, stay back, preferably in your car, and do not force them to fly. That's just common sense. For the time being I'll continue posting information and photos about local Snowy Owls to show, as always, some natural beauty in the Muskegon area. Don's photo certainly does that. But please be aware that he took the picture with a telephoto lens a good distance away from the owl! Thanks to the majority of you who act the same way. 12/11/14 - Ric
Monday, December 8, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
There were several raptors and birders on the Wastewater properties this morning. I saw two Snowy Owls, one very white, plus a mottled bird which may not have moved from this cement culvert from 9:00-11:00.
It was good to see all birders stayed in or behind their cars and a respectful distance from this bird. One of two light-morph Rough-legged Hawks north of the east lagoon seemed curious about my car.
It was nice meeting Shawn and Terra Berry (see post below) who may send us some of their photos later.
December 5 Email:
My husband and I had what turned out to be a fantastic birding day! We headed to Coopersville in search of the Snowy Owl, turned out to be a bust so we headed to Muskegon Wastewater where we saw 5 Tundra Swans on the west lagoon, 1 Pintail Duck in B10 with all his Mallard friends, 6 whitetail deer, 15 Bald Eagles (most of them were feeding on east lagoon) and due to two very sweet women 4 Snowy Owls (2 of them were on west lagoon and 2 of them in field 30 on top of irrigation). We finished out our trip seeing 20 various hawks.
Have a great birding day!
Terra & Shawn Berry