[Mich-chat] ottawa county birds 2/5
jamgow2131 at att.net
Sat Feb 5 21:43:54 EST 2011
On the chance that anyone is interested, at the bottom of this email is a report
from the Holland Audubon Club's outing this morning. I thought the 3 swans in
one location along with the WWSC's may be of some interest.
I have not heard if anyone has checked on the redpolls at Stu Visser Trails
lately. fyi: the north parking lot is completely snowed over; I have not driven
past the southern lot recently. Maybe I'll give this a go tomorrow morning.
Other decent county birds are the lingering kittiwake at Grand Haven along with
some WWSC's and a HOME. A flicker has been at the feeders at Hemlock Crossings
NC since at least Dec. A shrike has been seen buzzing the feeders at least
twice, most recently Thursday. A Carolina Wren has been frequenting the feeders
at DeGraaf NC - apparently go early (they are closed on Sunday and Monday
but the feeders can still be viewed from the trails.
Longspurs have been seen frequently in a couple locations.
I take no credit for any of these sittings and I withhold names to protect the
guilty. If there are any questions, please contact me off list and I'll help if
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From: Sent: Sat, February 5, 2011 7:10:46 PM
Subject: Birding Connection Report
Dear fellow birders,
Just a report on our Holland Audubon birding outing this morning. Our group of
a dozen or so had sunshine, little or no wind, good fellowship, and lots of
birds. We visited only two sites: Dunton Park and Pigeon Lake. We found the
following 35 species:
Coot- one at each site
Common Merganser- no Red-breasted!
Redhead- good comparisons with Canvasback
Scaups- Greater and Lesser
White-winged Scoter- pair Note to PHOTOGRAPHERS: a very tame pair stayed
right by the road by the bubblers at Pigeon Lake. Amazing!
Swans- Tundra, Mute, and Trumpeter Seeing all 3 species at one place (Pigeon
Lake) is a rare event for me.
Gulls- Ring-billed and Herring
Bald Eagle- a pair at Dunton Park
Finches- Gold and House
Woodpeckers- Pileated- a beautiful pair, Downy, and Red-bellied
Golden-crowned Kinglet- a pair was out in the open feeding on a wire. Kinglets
on a wire were never before seen by anyone in the group!
I may have left out one or 2. In short, it was a great morning of birding. I
encourage all of you to get out there while the weather is cold. Once the ice
melts, most of the waterfowl will melt away too. Now is the best time. See you
all on Tues at our meeting.
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