Was surprised to a shorebird out on the south pier of Ludington Harbor around noon today. It turned out to be a Dunlin. It represents a late date for the county, previous late date was December 3, 2013.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
With today looking like the last 60 degree day until spring, I figured I'd take Roscoe to the beach and let him take on the waves one last time this season.
At first he looked a little disappointed that waves were somewhat dampened by an offshore wind.
|All leashes shall be dogged|
Soon we found a spot where the breakers were a little more competitive.
|Like a shortstop charging a grounder, he faces it head on.|
|And takes a shot to the chin.|
|he applies a retaliatory bite on the sea and sand|
|As the wave retreats to from where it came... Roscoe does the same.|
Monday, November 16, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I was surprised to see a very late Monarch Butterfly this afternoon at Ludington State Park.
Also at the park today was a small group of Buffleheads
Earlier in the week out on the south pier of Ludington Harbor I saw this Merlin
At Buttersville Park there was a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
Back at the State Park I saw this standoffish Red Squirrel
|As I watched him on the stage my hands were clenched in fists of rage|
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Following a heavy overcast day, I wasn't holding out much hope of viewing a potential auroral display in the hours after midnight this morning. I woke up just as the calendar clicked over to November 7, and saw that according to spaceweather.com the Kp index was up to 5 with a possibility of intensification. Since the dog hadn't been out since we fell asleep during the second period of the Red Wings game, we stepped outside. I to check the cloud cover and Roscoe to water the lawn.
In the 3 hours that I napped on the couch the skies had just about cleared. I packed my camera gear into the car and headed toward Ludington State Park. As I headed up County Rd 116 I noticed glow through the clouds to the north. I pulled over and took a 10 second exposure with my camera held on the dashboard. There they were, the elusive glowing green pulses that I hadn't seen since...Wednesday.
|Hand held through the windshield|
Once again I created a video from some of the still shots. Here is the youtube link......Northern Lights 11/07/2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Northern Lights 11/04/15
In one of the photos taken before the display began my camera caught a meteor.
The first time that I saw the Northern Lights was back on November 8, 1991. Over the years I've seen them 8 times from the state of Michigan.
Here is a list of those dates.
November 8, 1991
November 5-6, 2001
October 29, 2003
November 20, 2003
November 7-8, 2004
November 10, 2004
March 17, 2015
November 4, 2015.
What jumps out from the list is that 87% of the sightings occurred over 6% of the calendar that spans from October 29 to November 23. An even tighter window from November 4 to November 10 includes 62% of my observations in a 7 day period. The Northern Lights are more likely to occur in the spring and fall rather than summer and winter for reasons explained in the link below.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Here is a cropped version of a photo that I took today. I was kind of surprised that different sections of the image had a passing resemblance to other things. One cropped portion of the photo it looks like a long exposure of a densely packed starfield within the Milky Way.
Or it could be a close-up of an amber colored adult beverage being poured into a tall glass, as a different cropped section of the same photo seems to indicate.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Been a rainy past few days but it didn't mean some productive birding couldn't be accomplished. On Wednesday I added the 87th species to my yard list when this Fox Sparrow was observed kicking leaves under a spruce tree.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
A single adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was spotted among the Herring and Ring-billed Gulls at Stearns Park by Dave Dister on Thursday afternoon.
Out on the South breakwater the only shorebirds were three Dunlins and three Sanderlings.
Back at home a Pileated Woodpecker did some damage to the suet cake that the smaller bird politely nibble on,
The Red-headed Woodpecker below was at Ludington State Park on Monday.
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
An Orange-crowned Warbler is still hanging around the south parking lot at the stoner disc golf course at Buttersville Park.
|American Tree Sparrow|
Sunday, October 18, 2015
|First winter Lapland Longspur|
When I got to the end of the pier I scanned Lake Michigan and found a single Long-tailed Duck.
|Catch of the day|
|Taking it to a more suitable location|
|Does this Carp make my neck look fat?|