Thursday, October 20, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
|2 Snow Goose x Ross's Goose hybrids followed by a Snow Goose|
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Chris Lipps found this bird at the Big Sable Point Lighthouse early this afternoon. It is a Say's Phoebe although in my photos it doesn't appear pink as the images in my Sibley Guide to Birds.
Dave and I observed and photographed the bird for just under an hour. It was still there when we left. For those who want to try for the bird, the lighthouse is a 1.8 mile hike from the nearest parking lot.
Monday, October 10, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Note: This bird is at a private residence .
Right at 11 AM the White-winged Dove showed up in the lower branches of a large maple tree about 20 feet from the deck. Of course the bird posed with its perch obstructing the prominent diagnostic white leading wing edge.
After a few minutes the bird flew to a higher vantage point which exposed the white on the wings however the bright background sky made for some drab photos.
Twenty minutes later it flew down to a lower branch with provided both an unobstructed view and a better background.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Another yard another Olive-sided Flycatcher. As I stepped out on to the back deck to grill up some lunch, I looked over the house and noticed a flycatcher at the top of an oak in the front yard. Initially I suspected a Kingbird as it chased insects then returned to the same perch. I reached back into the house and grabbed a pair of binoculars and realized I had myself a new bird (#105) for the yardlist. It is only the second Olive-sided Flycatcher that I've ever found (or did it find me). The first was at my old house when I noticed one on the back wire as I walked through the dining room. http://mostlybirdsbutnotalways.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-yard-bird-without-even-trying.html
The one at the old house only stayed a few minutes but yesterday's bird was much more cooperative. It actively hunted down bees (or wasps) and other bugs for about an hour.
|The dropping of the gloves.|
|Looks like this just went from a hockey fight to a baseball fight, with no blows landed.|
|Back to their respective benches.|
Friday, August 19, 2016
There are 15 species of cranes in the world and there is only one place where you can see them all, the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo,WI. For more information and a visitors' guide check out their website International Crane Foundation
|Close up of Black Necked Crane|
|Grey Crowned Crane|
|Black Crowned Crane|