Saturday, January 19, 2019

January 19 Trip Report

Our original plan was to bird the Muskegon Channel area, Lake Harbor Park, and Black Lake Park.  However, after finding very few birds but lots of frigid winds at the first two locations, we decided we'd have a better chance of seeing a good bird at a feeder from the warmth of a house.  So that's what we did!

Feller, Greg, Ric and Ken.  - Photo by Charlie

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Margaret Mary Hicks 1922-2018

Tim Hicks' mother, Margaret Mary Hicks, passed away Monday December 24, 2018.  Click here for the obituary.  

For those newer to our club, Tim was a very active member before moving to Texas.  He led our field trips for many years, helping us learn more about nature, particularly birds, through his soft-spoken expertise.  Our deepest sympathies to Tim and his family.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Two Christmas Bird Counts

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, our group conducted the City of Muskegon CBC within a 15-mile-diameter circle centered downtown.  

Here are five pictures taken by Carol Cooper with the northside group on their walk at Muskegon State Park:


The northside Bird of the Day was a Brown Thrasher west of the ranger station along the entrance road paralleling the north side of the Muskegon Channel!  There were also two Snowy Owls on the rocks of the north breakwall.

Brian Johnson's Muskegon Wastewater CBC was conducted Wednesday December 19, 2018 within a 15-mile-diameter circle centered at White and Ravenna Roads.  One of the groups censusing the southwest sector reported a Eurasian Collared-Dove.  

When all the data is compiled from these CBC's, we'll post additional information.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Target Bird for British Birder

Today for the second time this year I was able to take a birder from England around the Wastewater properties and points east.  This was his Lifer Target Bird:

Everything else was "gravy", but we also saw more than 100 Common Redpolls, several dozen Snow Buntings and a Red-shouldered Hawk before our day was over.

- Ric

Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 17 Field Trip Report

"Who says we're getting older?" - Mark's son Jadon
photo by Carol Cooper 

It was cold but not windy, the world beautifully coated in snow, as ten of us birded the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve and Snug Harbor at Muskegon State Park.

Lost Lake Trail by Charlie DeWitt

Among the Hemlocks by Carol Cooper

The 21 species at the preserve included Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Cedar Waxwing and Brown Creeper.  All 10 species at MSP were ho-hum.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Pictures from Lillian's Birthday

Thanks to Carol Cooper for sending these photos from the birthday lunch for Lillian Remus.

(See post below.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Lillian Remus 100th Birthday

October 23 Email:

Longtime nature club member Lillian Christine Hansen Remus today reached a milestone birthday just like her husband did.  

- Richard Mullally

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October 20 Field Trip Report

Eleven of us enjoyed the first few hours of this morning birding two locations.  At Patterson Park we found 15 species including a Swainson's Thrush and two Hermit Thrushes.

Rio Grande Creek at Patterson Park by Carol Cooper

Leaves and falling water by Carol Cooper

Birding Patterson Park by Carol Cooper

Along the trestle section of the Musketawa Trail in Ravenna we found nine bird species before returning to our cars just before the arrival of lightning, thunder, rain and hail!

Crossing the trestle by Carol Cooper

Sunlit caboose and the dark skies of the approaching storm.

The stormy sky by Carol Cooper

Saturday, September 22, 2018

September 22 Field Trip Report

On the northwest platform of Black Lake Park

What a difference a week makes!  Last Saturday at Hoffmaster and Black Lake Parks the weather was warm and muggy and the mosquitoes were thick.  Today at the same locations we only encountered mosquitoes along the south path of Black Lake Park, but not many.  This morning was cool (cold?) and beautiful as eight of us found 41 bird species.

Our only identifiable warblers were Nashville and Wilson's, though there were several others in the Hoffmaster trees.  Other species included Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White- and Red-breasted Nuthatch, six woodpeckers (Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Red-headed, Pileated and Northern Flicker), Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, three hawks (Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, and a migrating Sharp-shinned), four sparrows (Chipping, White-throated, Song and Swamp), Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-eyed Vireo and Cedar Waxwing.

Monarch at Black Lake Park

Pied-billed Grebe on Black Lake

Relaxing after walking through the Black Lake woods.

Friday, September 21, 2018

John Sapkowski 1925-2018

Ken's father, John Charles Sapkowski, age 92, passed away on September 4, 2018.  The son of John and Mary (Perkowski) Sapkowski, he was born on November 23, 1925, in Grand Rapids.  

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign the online guest book, or share a favorite memory, click here for John's page at the Michigan Cremation website.