Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 23 Field Trip to Allegan SGA

Fourteen of us braved the cold winds and followed Charlie DeWitt around the Allegan State Game area farm fields southwest of Fennville.  We recorded 21 bird species.  Highlights included Common Redpoll, Green-winged Teal and a Song Sparrow at the ditch east of the farm unit buildings on 118th Avenue and a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk hunting the fields west of 59th Street.  Most of us then enjoyed lunch at the Crane's Orchard Restaurant on M-89.

eBird Report:
Allegan SGA--Farm Unit, Allegan, US-MI
Feb 23, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Muskegon County Nature Club February Field Trip
21 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  1000+  (too many to count)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  hundreds  (too many to count)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  2
Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus)  1    light morph
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  6
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  18
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  3
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)  15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1   
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)  1    
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  1