Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Baird's Sandpiper, Ludington Harbor 9/1/2015

  Yesterday morning after work I birded the south breakwater at Ludington.  Among the dozen or so shorebirds (mostly Sanderlings) was a Baird's Sandpiper.
Baird's Sandpiper

Baird's in flight


Sunrise over Mason County Courthouse
  Here are three consecutive photos of a Sanderling taken in a span of half a second. Looks like a pretty efficient way to wash up in the morning.

Unspotted Spotted Sandpiper
   As I was walking back in from the breakwater I noticed about two dozen Monarch Butterflies taking flight off of their overnight roosts.  Though it was a relatively warm morning it was very humid and I found a roost that still had almost 20 Monarchs that were still on the roost trying to shake of the dew.
Monarch roost


  1. 20 monarchs in one tree? Pretty impressive. That is more than I have seen all season. Enjoy them while you can - their future does not look bright.....

  2. There most likely had been more on the roost because there were quite a few that had taken flight already. This weekend I'm going to look for roosts a little earlier in the morning to see if I can find a bigger gathering.
    I've been seeing a lot heading toward Lake Michigan the past couple of weeks. Every time I see them I just hope that they follow the shore instead of trying to cross the lake.