Early this afternoon Van Burmeister found a Red-necked Phalarope just outside the south breakwater at Ludington Harbor. I made it out there around 4 pm and was able to get some photos.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Immediately after I stepped out on the deck this afternoon I spotted a Blue-headed Vireo in one of my oak trees. Seconds later a Black-throated Green Warbler showed up a bit farther away. From data compiled by Dave Dister they both appear to be late fall dates for the Mason County. Previous date for the Blue-headed Vireo was 10/9/2006 and 10/13/2015 for the Black-throated Green.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
I spotted the bird on the first straight-away about halfway out toward the bend. This morning the bird was in pretty much the same spot. It later took off toward the Loomis Street boat-launch. Dave Dister was able to relocate the bird about 45 minutes later. After I walked the pier I headed over to Loomis Street and was able to get some photos as it prowled the grass area oblivious to pedestrians, cyclists and dog walkers.
|Eating a grasshopper|
Last weekend between the rain showers I was able to add a few first-of-year birds to the yardlist.
|Blackpoll Warbler (#95 for the year)|
|Magnolia (#96 for the year)|
Also visiting last weekend were a Cape May Warbler
|Going to be a cold winter for this guy.|
|One of several Red-eyed Vireos that have been hanging around the yard.|
|Red-bellied Woodpecker and Northern Flicker side-by-side|
|Flicker in better lighting later in the week|
|First Broad-winged Hawk of the fall|
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
|Not the first Red-necked to find comfort in West Michigan|
A Golden Plover also was viewed out on the breakwater.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Around 5 pm I grabbed a beer and a sandwich and headed out to the back deck to relax and watch for the beginning of fall bird migration.
|22 oz x 11% = 4 beers in one|
No sooner did I set down my food and drink when I spotted a young Olive-sided Flycatcher engaged in an questionable campaign to eradicate my neighborhood of bees. It probably caught a half-dozen bees in the hour I observed it, each time returning to the same perch on an oak snag in my front yard.
http://mostlybirdsbutnotalways.blogspot.com/2013/08/new-yard-bird-without-even-trying.html Then last September I found one in the exact same tree as today's bird, while I was standing in the exact same spot . http://mostlybirdsbutnotalways.blogspot.com/2016/09/olive-sided-flycatcher-982016.html
Monday's Solar Eclipse post will be expounded upon at my astronomy blog here....http://mostlynerdbutnotalways.blogspot.com/
Monday, August 21, 2017
It started innocently enough as a small notch formed on the upper right edge of the Sun.
A longer exposure shows the star Regulus (circled) to the lower left of the eclipsed Sun.
|He had to stay home because he couldn't pass the eclipse safety test.|
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
The first one that flew into view ended up on the power lines over 100 yds away. It made for an aesthetically unpleasing ID shot.
A short while later while parked on Schoenher a bird landed right across the road from my car and alternated between posing and hawkwatching.
|Eye on the sky|