Headed back to my old house for the weekend to pick up some things and visit some folks. If it's April, it's Loon month. I had 7 Common Loons fly over before 8:30 AM. Six of the seven were very high and flying from ESE to WNW. The first bird on the other hand was heading almost due north but more importantly flew only about 150' above the house. I was able to fire off 4 photos as it zipped by.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
|Merlin on State Route 116 leading to Ludington State Park|
In less than two minutes I conservatively estimate that 500 of the gulls zipped overhead in groups of 50 to 100. By the time I turned my car around the larger groups were well inland and out of camera range. A few minutes later I got some shots of couple of smaller groups.
|Pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on Pere Marquette Lake|
Saturday, April 18, 2015
|Yellow-rumped Warbler hitting the suet.|
Friday, April 17, 2015
Early this afternoon, the yardlist grew to 43 as I added Broad-Winged Hawk. It might possibly be an early spring record for Mason County. Due to the dense tree cover I had to put my lens into manual focus and was lucky to get a decent photo of the bird.
The trees didn't interfere with the Red-bellied Woodpecker filling up on suet.
After work I stopped by a nearby Disc Golf Course to see what kind of birds the overnight winds blew in.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
I added 11 new birds to the new yardlist this weekend . I'm up to 37. Wasn't able to get photographs of Eastern Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Northern Flicker among others, but below I included photos that I was able to get of some of the new ones as well as the everyday birds.
|Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (new)|
|Ruby-crowned Kinglet (new)|
|Purple Finch (new)|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk (new)|
|Sandhill Cranes (not new)|