[Mich-listers] Mich-listers Digest, Vol 2146, Issue 1
drew.smith.va at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 22:11:13 EST 2011
Long time reader, but finally with a chance to add some sightings.
I was able to view a Great Horned Owl and a single Snowy Owl at Tawas Point yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon around 4pm. Both were seen from the Sandy Hook trail near the tip. Also had a flock of 45 snow buntings along the beach there.
Searched the Fish Point area this morning (Thursday) for snowies there but found none (though it was tough in the (at times heavy) snow, then headed across the state to Muskegon.
I was able to view three snowy owls at the Muskegon Wastewater area today - one in the lagoons / impoundments at the northeast corner of the wastewater ponds and two off of Swanson Road - one North of E. White Rd. on the West side of Swanson and the other on the east side of Swanson south of E. White road about 1/4 mile apart, both sitting on irrigation equipment in fields. Also had nice views of a bald eagle on the north east corner of the pond. I did not count or stop to ID the many gulls and ducks in the area as it was getting late and my primary goal was to see the owls.
Hope this helps! Good birding.
On Dec 29, 2011, at 12:00 PM, mich-listers-request at envirolink.org wrote:
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> 1. Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird, Kent Co., 28 Dec. (Chu, Philip)
> 2. Muskegon--(7) Purple Sandpipers, Long-tailed Duck, (2) Snowy
> Owls (Cindi Martineau)
> From: "Chu, Philip" <PChu at CSBSJU.EDU>
> Date: December 28, 2011 4:55:09 PM EST
> To: "mich-listers at envirolink.org" <mich-listers at envirolink.org>
> Subject: [Mich-listers] Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird, Kent Co., 28 Dec.
> The Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird at 306 N. West St. in Lowell, Kent Co., continues.
> When not visiting the feeder, the hummingbird perches in the ornamental conifer that is closest to the feeder. That tree is tall and thickly branched, and I'd like to call it a spruce except that I'm not so good at identifying trees; anyway, some of that tree's branches are bare, i.e., needle-free, and today between 10 AM and noon the hummingbird often perched in plain view on those bare branches.
> To repeat the instructions that Caleb Putnam provided yesterday, if you want to visit then you should first speak with the homeowner, Sue McClelland (616/897-4236).
> Phil Chu
> Department of Biology
> St. John's University
> Collegeville, MN 56321
> From: Cindi Martineau <cindimartineau at gmail.com>
> Date: December 28, 2011 9:30:45 PM EST
> To: mich-listers at envirolink.org
> Subject: [Mich-listers] Muskegon--(7) Purple Sandpipers, Long-tailed Duck, (2) Snowy Owls
> We had a nice look at the seven Purple Sandpipers that are currently along
> the south breakwater at Pere Marquette Park in Muskegon. We got good views
> of them feeding, braving the waters and flying around from end to end of
> the breakwater. A great treat also, was a female Long-tailed Duck that was
> swimming close to the breakwater, occasionally diving.
> After visiting Pere Marquette Park, we headed to the Wastewater to see the
> Snowy Owls. We had also heard report of a Glaucous Gull, which we failed
> to locate. The Snowy Owls were both visible today. One was in the fields
> before the administration building and one was in a field along the eastern
> side of the storage lagoons.
> We observed other birders and photographers in very close range of the
> first Snowy Owl, occasionally flushing the bird and wondered what
> appropriate protocols are for birdwatching in a situation like this.
> Good birding!
> Cindi Martineau
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