|Great Blue Heron, Nov 22. It was nice to see one on this particular |
day, what with the cold air and bone-chilling winds.
Horned Grebe, Oct 15. I was very excited to find these two Horned Grebes on the small lake at
Hawk Island Ingham County Park. Crummy picture I know, but an exciting find nevertheless.
|Canada Goose, Jan 1. My second species photographed for the new year! At Fenner Nature Center.|
Tundra Swan, Oct 24. These Tundra swans that made an appearance at Maple River State Game Area
were a tiny bit on the early side of Tundra Swan migration.
Black Scoter, 10 Nov. Seen on an Audubon field trip to Allegan County. There was a Northern Shoveler, of all
things, mixed in--in this picture it's the third farthest to the right. I believe the furthest to the left is a Surf Scoter.
Long-tailed Duck, 10 Nov. Seen at an inland wastewater treatment plant in Allegan County
on the same field trip that I saw the scoters.
Birds of Prey:
|Bald Eagle, Jan 3. There were at least seven of these on the ice of Lake Macatawa.|
Cooper's Hawk, 28 Nov. "Coops" visit our feeders frequently, but once we got this House Sparrow trap some
young ones decided that there was something to gain by sitting on top of the trap watching the sparrows inside.
It turns out there isn't.
Golden Eagle, 10 Nov. This rarity was seen above some Allegan County farm fields while on the aforementioned
Audubon field trip. What a cool bird! I loved its wedge-shaped tail and tail pattern. A very graceful bird.
Barred Owl, 13 Nov. I was at Fenner Nature Center looking for crossbills when I looked up to see this
owl staring me straight in the face! I was captivated and its gazed pinned me to the spot. Luckily, I got my
wits together and snapped a few photos.
Just a couple of good shots of the endearing young Mourning Dove that visited the feeders during the months of October and November.
Rufous Hummingbird, 7 Oct. This rarity was at Black Swamp Bird Observatory's
feeders from September through January, nearly 4 months!
My two favorite shots of a Red-bellied Woodpecker. I love the action in the top one. It was so fun to
watch the woodpecker ward off the jay.
This female Downy Woodpecker ran into a window on 23 November and perched on our window sill
outside until she recuperated enough to fly away.
|A female Hairy Woodpecker at the feeders, 26 Oct.|
Part two will be coming soon!