The Mountain Bluebird at the boat launch at the end of South River road was still present this morning, providing good views and photo-ops.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Yesterday Van Burmiester found a Purple Sandpiper on the South Breakwater at Ludington Harbor. I didn't get a chance to look for it then but I was out there soon after sunrise this morning. Just past the bend of the pier I found the Dunlin that has been hanging out for a couple of weeks now.
Just after I finished photographing the Dunlin, Dave Dister called and told me that a Brant had been found near the 1st Street Pier in Manistee. Soon after the call from Dave I found the Purple Sandpiper and was able to get some close shots in good lighting.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Dave Dister found a Franklin's Gull at the Ludington Wastewater Treatment Plant today.
|Hunkering down with a Ring-billed|
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
|Snow Buntings waiting for the Lake Effect Snow Machine to kick in.|
A build up of data on my camera's memory card was alleviated this afternoon as I finally got around to processing the few hundred photos that I've taken in the past 10 days. The most cooperative bird was the Long-tailed duck below that paid me no mind this afternoon.
|Large flock of Mostly Redheads (but not Always)|
|Crop of same flock|
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Scanning the Canadas today I found 5 Greater White-fronted Geese.
Other birds of interest were...
At home yesterday the female Pileated Woodpecker made the case for a larger feeder.
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Purple Sandpiper in Ludington that was found yesterday by Dave Dister was still present early this afternoon.
I initally saw it from a distance as Brian Allen pointed it out as he was walking back from the end of the south breakwater. As I headed toward the end of the pier a Dunlin and a Sanderling took flight and the Purple Sandpiper joined them as they passed by it. All three shorebirds circled around the end of the south breakwater before settling down about 100 yds in from the tip of the pier. I was then able to photograph all three birds as well as a Snow Bunting in some good lighting with nice backgrounds
Thursday, November 3, 2016
At 2:16 this afternoon I woke when I heard the Mostly Birds (but not Always) hotline ring. Dave Dister had found a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks on the lake side of the breakwater. That got me moving. Thirty minutes from bed to bird and I had the target bird in my viewfinder.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Lots of action around the feeders in the yard this warm November afternoon. I was content to photograph the chickadees, titmice and nuthatches then the Pileated Woodpecker descended on the scene.
|Getting in position|
|Eyeing the suet|
|Making quick work of the suet cake|
|'Hey put the damn camera down and get another suet slab out here'|
At the sunflower seed dispenser this Tufted Titmouse grabs a morsel.
|The seeds seem to fall from the sky|
|But its just the sloppy diner above|