Thursday, April 30, 2015
Before today I had five sparrow species in Michigan this year (Tree, Chipping, House, Song and Swamp). I added four on the south Wastewater properties this morning (Savannah, Field, Vesper and Grasshopper). One was wearing jewelry by Brian.
This light morph Rough-legged Hawk was still hanging around southwest of the model airplane field.
I could have used the Great Egret (posted below). Sometimes they're at the Clay Pond, but all I saw there today was this Tree Swallow sitting on the fence.
I left for the State Game Area and Lane's Landing around 8:00 instead of birding the Wastewater north of Apple. There were 38 species up there, but nothing new for the year (maybe because it was still cold). Barred Owl called and Wilson's Snipe winnowed at SGA; Sora laughed at Lane's Landing.
Also laughing, I imagine, are Feller, Charlie, Ken and the rest of the gang when they find out that today's sparrows finally put me over 100 Michigan species for this year. Not that any of them are counting.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Marc Miedema planned to bird all day. I accompanied him from 6:15 until 11:40 from Lane's Landing (34 species) to the State Game Area headquarters (38 species).
Highlights at Lane's included an American Bittern (not the one above; see sidebar) "thunder-pumping" as it peeked over the grass tops, Virginia Rail, Sora, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and a pair of Great Horned Owls whooting at each other at 8:45 a.m.! and several Blue-winged Teal.
At SGA we heard what sounded like a Common Loon calling from the "snipe field" west of the headquarters. A Wilson's Snipe winnowed over the south end of that field. We also saw Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Hermit Thrush, and at least three Red-tailed Hawks.
Marc continued on to the Wastewater while I went home and found Terra Berry's email including several photos from yesterday at the Wastewater including this Horned Grebe and American Avocet:
Finally, at 3:15 Feller DeWitt phoned to report a Marbled Godwit in the same aeration lagoon that the American Avocets had been in yesterday. He said the avocets were gone. I don't know if he and Marc saw each other out there.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
April 22 Email:
I was at Wastewater today and was able to find the American Avocets that Feller saw yesterday. There were eight of them around noon on Wednesday in the western most drawn down aeration cell. This was a life bird for me. Pretty exciting, and what a beautiful bird.
- Travis Dewys
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
April 19 Email:
Mary Poort and I saw these two Egyptian Geese in the grassy cells at Wastewater on Saturday. As I understand, they are considered escapees and not countable. However, still cool to see! Do you know if anyone has seen these around the area before? Feel free to post this on the nature club's website if you think it's of interest.
Occasionally domestic geese show up on the lagoons at the Wastewater. Several years ago there was one that brought many comments from people seeing it for the first time. Some of the domestic geese are shown here:
Yours aren't included, but I still suspect that they came from a nearby farm. Yes, they're interesting, no matter where they came from, and especially if from Egypt! - Ric
Saturday, April 4, 2015
I walked around the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve this chilly morning hoping for a new year bird but finding only the usual suspects. Of the 22 species recorded, a Brown Creeper was probably "best". There were still several American Tree Sparrows on the property. - Ric