Saturday, July 25, 2015
I walked Hofma Preserve and Harbor Island this morning not seeing a lot of birds at either location. From the 26 species at the preserve, here's a Swamp Sparrow and an Eastern Phoebe:
From the 21 species at the island, a Cliff Swallow and a Song Sparrow:
Friday, July 24, 2015
July 23 Email:
Today I got a brand new lens for my camera and within a couple hours, look who showed up. There was a female with him, but I wasn't able to capture a picture of her. I'm glad to see a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers flying around my house. - Casey Irwin
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
July 20 Emails:
I caught a quick picture of this hawk before it took off out into a field next to my driveway. - Casey Irwin
Just a shell of its former self, a freshly-minted Cicada for your viewing pleasure drying out on my fence. - Mike VanderStelt
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
What a beautiful, cool, slightly breezy morning! I birded Richard's Park, Veteran's Memorial Causeway and the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve recording 23, 11, and 23 bird species respectively, none unusual. Robins, starlings, blackbirds and Barn Swallows were plentiful.
Enjoyed seeing a Warbling Vireo fledgling still sporting its "bad hair day" feathers and this Eastern Kingbird atop a tree with another (possibly an offspring?) further down in the foliage at Richard's Park.
Two Sandhill Cranes flew over the south end of the Causeway; no sign of the Peregrines on the Cobb Plant rooftop nest box.
This Swamp Sparrow flew to the preserve's boardwalk railing while I was trying to "pish" a Marsh Wren into view. The wren kept singing beside the boardwalk but never showed itself.
Monday, July 13, 2015
July 13 "Least Tern Sighting?" Email:
I captured this photo on a cellphone (unfortunately the only camera on board) about one mile west of the south pier in Grand Haven. Is this bird common to the area?
- DeeAnn Fayette
Thanks for the picture, DeeAnn. I think these are Forster's Terns but will be interested in comments from others. - Ric
July 13 "MCNC Website Sandpiper Question" Email:
I noted your post from the evening of 13 June, titled, “Wastewater Birds Friday and Saturday,” which included a photo of three sandpipers and the question, “Can anyone ID these?” The three are a White-rumped Sandpiper (rightmost bird) and two Semipalmated Sandpipers, and those two species are among the most expected shorebirds in early June.
- Phil Chu
Friday, July 10, 2015
July 9 Email:
I spotted this beauty in the woods behind my house north of Ravenna. I spent about 15 minutes watching it preen itself. I don't recall seeing one around my house in probably close to 4 or 5 years.
Thanks for the photo, Casey. The plumage might allow someone who knows molt patterns to age this bird. It's obviously a male Scarlet Tanager but not as splotchy as I'd imagine a first-year male to be. Maybe older tanagers also get this scruffy appearance when they molt? Thoughts, anyone?
Thursday, July 9, 2015
This year the Broad-winged Hawks built their nest ridiculously close to our street. I didn't want to publicize it until the hatchlings departed. This week the nest seems to be abandoned, although somebody slept up there Monday night.
Besides chipmunks, the two parents snatched many young robins from our neighborhood. They successfully raised one youngster, and two if the fledgling with the "Nike swath" under its eye (last photo) is not the same fledgling as in the other two photos.
June 6: Mom on nest..
June 17: First fledgling visible.
June 18: Three chicks on the nest. (Photo by Roger Newell)
June 29: Hatchling growing its juvenile feathers.
July 4: First fledgling, side view.
July 4: First fledgling, back view.
July 7: Wet fledgling, perhaps Baby One, perhaps Baby Two.
The hawks are still calling regularly, but without the high snag branches of the white oak removed from our backyard last fall, we won't see this year's youngster/s as often as we saw the two last summer.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
July 5 Email:
Hey, Ric, if you haven't yet gotten any pics from the many better photographers out there, then here's some of the American Avocet and Short-billed Dowitchers at The Dubs (Wastewater) this afternoon. ~ Phil Vreeman