Shirlee Sodini took this phone picture of two American Avocets at Muskegon State Park north of the Muskegon Channel this morning.
Saturday, July 4, 2020
An immature Peregrine Falcon perched on girders at the Board of Light and Power facility was the only unusual sighting (since the nest box is no longer on the smoke stack) this morning at Harbor Island.
Among the other 22 bird species were these adult Mute Swans and three signets in the green muck.
Others birds included Sandhill Crane, Northern Flicker, Warbling Vireo, Marsh Wren, Yellow Warbler and Indigo Bunting.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Close encounters with a Common Yellowthroat, Great Crested Flycatcher and Veery added to the beauty of this morning's birding at Black Lake Park.
Thanks to Charlie DeWitt last Saturday for identifying a female Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly for us on the Howard Christensen field trip. That helped when I saw this pretty green guy this morning. No three spots on the wings (see female photo here) indicated this was a male (and I confirmed that with Charlie before posting it here).
Male Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly
I found 27 bird species in two hours, none of them out-of-the-ordinary. Several mosquitoes found me.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
I spent a couple of hours walking the trails at Ottawa Sands County Park this cool, windy morning finding 29 bird species and a pretty butterfly along the way. Water was high, including in the woods where some parts looked like ponds.
Other species included Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Wood-pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Tree and Barn Swallows, Song and Chipping Sparrows, and Yellow Warbler.
Red-spotted Purple Admiral (?) Butterfly
Friday, June 12, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Monday, June 8, 2020
Today I spent some enjoyable time at three locations with Bruce Matasick from Indiana. We missed on our target bird, Upland Sandpiper, despite spending a few hours on the south Wastewater fields.
We did find a Year Bird, Green-winged Teal, on the east lagoon.
The Wastewater also provided plenty of Dickcissels and Eastern Meadowlarks, two Common Ravens, and a few Grasshopper Sparrows and Bobolinks:
A Cerulean Warbler sang repeatedly from the north side of the Maple River west of the DNR headquarters at the Muskegon State Game Area. We also saw American Redstart and Belted Kingfisher there, and a Wood Thrush walking the Lane's Landing road.