Saturday, October 24, 2015

Merlin at M.S.P. and Creeper at Rosy Mound

Jeff Johnson and I looked for migrating hawks again Friday morning at Muskegon State Park.  We watched a few migrating (5 Sharp-shinneds, 1 Cooper's) and observed a few locals (2 Bald Eagles, 2 Red-tailed Hawks), but not as many as we had hoped considering the beautiful sky and east winds.

Once again the Merlin greeted me on my drive southward toward the Channel; I've seen this bird (assuming it's the same one) more times than not heading to Jeff's Dune this fall.

Meanwhile Casey Irwin was photographing this Brown Creeper on Friday down at Rosy Mound Natural Area south of Grand Haven.

- Ric


Casey Irwin said...

Is Jeff's dune the same dune that's listed as Hawkwatch Dune in the ABA's Guide to Michigan?

Ric said...

I don't know. The dune we call "Jeff's" (because he did some excellent hawk studies there in 1998) can be seen from the main road in the Fisherman's Campground area of Muskegon State Park. Drive (eastish) from the parking lot across from the Silversides and continue about 1/10 mile beyond the ranger station. Look left (northish) and you can see the trail post atop "Jeff's Dune".