Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Ric Pedler pondering a question during last night's program for the Kalamazoo Audubon Society at People's Church. It featured photographs by Charlie DeWitt, Carol DeWitt and Ric from our bird-watching trips to southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Details about the Muskegon City Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 17) and the Muskegon Wastewater Christmas Bird Count (Dec. 21) will be posted here in early December. Meanwhile, if you have never participated in either of our CBC's, please send an email to Ric Pedler (email@example.com). For information about the Christmas Bird Count in general, click here.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Six mentally-questionable bird-watchers recorded a total of four bird species on our November field trip this
Monday, October 24, 2016
Three important items were presented at our October meeting. The web links mentioned at our November meeting are included here:
1. Thanks to Elizabeth Brockwell-Tillman (Hoffmaster State Park) and Heidi Frei (Michigan DNR) for briefly describing the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid problem now facing us in West Michigan. (Heidi will present more details at our Nov. 17 meeting.) There are presently outbreaks in Holland, Norton Shores and Whitehall. All birders should be looking for this pest and reporting their sightings. Learn more here and here.
2. Kathy Evans of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission needs volunteers to help with Muskegon Lake Watershed Restoration projects and marsh monitorings. Click here for more information.
3. Our program was presented by Joe Engel, executive director of the West Michigan Land Conservancy. He will be contacting us in future regarding such things as bird, plant, and insect surveys on conservancy properties in the Greater Muskegon area. Learn more about the conservancy here.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Fourteen people, most wise enough to dress for temperatures considerably lower than the forecast 50's, birded two northside areas yesterday morning.
Around Snug Harbor at Muskegon State Park they recorded 29 species including Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, sparrows (American Tree, Chipping and Song), Dark-eyed Junco and Purple Finch.
Later at the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve they watched Brian Johnson banding kinglets, chickadees, a titmouse and tree sparrows. Additional species at the preserve included an unidentified hawk and thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Grackle and Belted Kingfisher.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Early morning rains moved out of the area before today's bird walk. After gathering near the Hoffmaster State Park Pavilion at 8:20, 14 of us drove over to Black Lake Park and walked the trails until 10:00.
Birding a Black Lake trail. - photo by Travis Dewys
Among the 29 bird species were Northern Flicker, American Redstart, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-headed Woodpecker (immature), Swainson's Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pied-billed Grebe, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler and Pine Warbler.
Back at Hoffmaster we saw Baltimore Oriole and Scarlet Tanager females and a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers. Unfortunately only Black-capped Chickadees came to the Bob Moblo Pool behind the Gillette Nature Center during our visit.
Thanks to Feller DeWitt for leading. For the day we counted 36 species.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Thanks to Pat Bazany for leading us on a successful field trip today, and knowing when to stop.
At least 20 people in more than 10 cars birded the center section of the Muskegon County Wastewater properties this morning finding over 40 kinds of birds.
The rapid filtration cells along White Road produced Song, Vesper and Savannah sparrows, Dickcissel, Bobolinks (dozens in immature or female plumage), kingbird, meadowlark, Sandhill Crane, Great Blue Heron and Indigo Bunting.
Shorebirds in the two western aeration lagoons and along the big West Lagoon included sandpipers (Least, Semipalmated, Pectoral, Solitary, Baird's, Stilt, Spotted), Lesser Yellowlegs, plovers (Black-bellied, Semipalmated, Killdeer) and Short-billed Dowitchers.
Ducks included Ruddy, Mallard, Gadwall, shovelers and Blue-winged Teal; swallows included Barn, Tree and Cliff; extras included hummingbird, bluebird, vulture, kestrel, Pileated Woodpecker and Red-tailed Hawk.
By 11:30 the sun had long-since disappeared. Pat called it a day before the fast-approaching purple storm could dampen any part of our trip.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Ten of us began this morning's field trip at the old Ferguson Farm on East River Road followed by a quick, unsuccessful search for the Prothonotary Warbler at the Cedar Creek bridge on Holton-Duck Lake Road. Thanks to Charlie DeWitt for the five photos!
Baltimore Oriole at the farm.
Eastern Wood-Pewee singing near the farm parking lot.
Juvenile Green Heron on the farm footbridge.
Three of us walking the Maple River two-track.
Gray Catbird along the Maple River
Monday, May 23, 2016
Four to eight people trekked from 4:45 a.m until 7:45 p.m. from Lane's Landing to the State Game Area headquarters to the Wastewater to the Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve to Muskegon State Park (Snug Harbor, the lakeshore, and the Muskegon Channel) on our annual Big Day Count, Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Highlights included Common Nighthawk, American Bittern, Black-crowned Night-heron and both cuckoos at Lane's Landing, Blue-winged and Cerulean Warblers at the SGA, Willet, White-rumped Sandpiper, Orchard Oriole, Red-headed Woodpecker and Black Tern at the Wastewater and two Barred Owls at Snug Harbor.
Our final "official total" was the 117 species listed below in alphabetical order. Disappointing misses included Hairy Woodpecker, both nuthatches, and most of the warblers -- not even a Yellow-rumped!
Flycatcher, Great Crested
Heron, Great Blue
Pewee, Eastern Wood-
Swallow, Northern Rough-winged
Warbler, Black-throated Green