|Not giving up its seat at the holiday table|
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
The Sun made a brief appearance on Friday but the ever present winds kept Lake Michigan in an angry mood. Walking the south pier at Ludington Harbor was out of the question with waves washing over it all weekend.
Sitting on a bench was not an option either.
|Saturday saw the start of a warm spell at Ludington Harbor|
|Female Black Scoter|
|It's not your turn.|
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The Costa's Hummingbird is still hanging around the yard of a home in Onekama, Michigan. This morning I made the 50 mile drive, on icy roads, to try to get a photo of the bird in a snowy setting.
When I arrived I saw a portable hunting blind had been set up to shelter the feeder that the little guy is using. The home owner Ron, told me that they wrapped heat tape around the feeder and placed a spotlight near it, in an effort to keep the sugar water mixture from freezing. In the 70 minutes that I was there, the Costa's visited the feeder 3 times. After two of those visits the wayward bird disappeared into the bushes about 20 feet from me. I was unable to get any photos those times. The only photo ops I got were when he landed in the small trees on the opposite side of the yard.
|Cropped image from across the yard.|
|Full frame shot|
|Miraculously my camera was able to focus on the target from that distance|
Other birds visiting the hummingbird host's yard.
Here are two photos taken at the house I'm renting in Mason County.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
|Composite of kiting Rough-legged Hawk|
This week a pair of Snowy Owls arrived on site. I'm told Snowies are seen there every winter.
|Composite of Snowy in flight|
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
On Saturday after I arrived at my home in the metro Detroit area, I saw a rare bird posting of an apparent Costa's Hummingbird in Manistee County. It's unfortunate that I didn't see the post before my 4 hour drive home because I had started the day about 50 miles from the Onekama residence that the bird is frequenting. The bird has since been confirmed as a Costa's and it is the first one ever recorded in Michigan.
My west Michigan luck has continued as the bird was still present this afternoon as I arrived back in the area. I was able to get a few photos under heavy overcast. The homeowners, Ronald and Janet, said the bird has been hanging around for about 3 weeks and they notified local birder Dr. Brian Allen, on Friday because they were concerned about it's welfare during that afternoon's blustery snow squalls.
Here is a link to a News story about the bird
Sunday, November 2, 2014
As advertised, the draw of the Hawk Watch at Lake Erie Metropark in November is variety of raptor species. The count today included 30 Golden Eagles, 97 Red-Shouldered Hawks, 6 Rough-leggeds and 2 Goshawks among 10 species in total.
|Red-shouldered and Northern Harrier|
|Red-tail Hawk and Golden Eagle|
|Immature Red-Shouldered Hawk|