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Birds of the Benzie Area

There are always interesting things to see and photograph in the Benzie area. August was certainly no exception. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)


August was noteworthy for the solar eclipse on the 21st. The small dots on the cloud-free picture are sun spots. (Photos by Joe Brooks)


The eclipse as viewed from Frankfort. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This cub (the first of three) followed in the wake of a large momma across the Dead Stream in front of a startled kayaker. The kayak interrupted the crossing by the others. After ten minutes of wailing, the second cub got up the nerve to cross alone (photographed from the now downstream kayak). The third cub put in a brief appearance but was too shy to cross the Dead Stream in the kayaker's presence. (Photos by John Ester)

In August southbound migrating shorebirds like this Semipalmated Plover began showing up on the beaches of Platte Bay. (Photo by John Ester)


Also at Platte Bay was this Baird's Sandpiper hanging out with Sanderlings. According to Sibley, Baird's are usually found near other peeps, but foraging at the dry side of the flock. (Photo by John Ester)


When posed on driftwood at water's edge the Herring Gull is an attractive bird. (Photo by John Ester)


This male Wood Duck on Little Platte Lake is in his eclipse plumage. (Photo by John Ester)

 


 

Great Blue Herons seem ill-fitted for perching on the top of skinny conifers, but they don't seem to know it. (Photo by John Ester)


This beaver was munching on a lily pad at Little Platte Lake. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This King Salmon was photographed at the Homestead Dam fish ladder. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

 


Merlins feed mostly on small birds but also are known to take dragonflies in midair. This Merlin was eating a dragonfly at Arcadia Marsh. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Compared to recent years it is a good year for Monarchs; these were among at least 20 nectaring on Joe Pye Weed at Little Glen Park in Leelanau County. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Club Activities


At our September meeting Kama Ross of the Leelanau Conservation District and Forester Josh Shields of the Manistee Conservation District presented a program on forest mushrooms. (Photos by John Ester)


At our July meeting Dan Mays, Fisheries Biologist for the Little Band of Ottawa Indians, told us about the Manistee River Nme (Lake Sturgeon)--a story of native species stewardship. (Photo by John Ester)

Fourteen people went on the dune wildflower trip in June led by Paula Dreeszen. They were able to hike to the dune and back before the heavy rain. (Photo by Paula Dreeszen).

Paula checking the radar to see how far off the rain is before walking onto the dunes. (Photo by Bryce Dreeszen)

Blooming today: Coreopsis, Wood Lily, Balsam Ragwort, and Orobanche (11 clumps!). Blooming, not pictured: Hairy Puccoon, Sand Cress, Harebell. Endangered Pitcher's Thistle is not blooming yet, probably next week. (Photos by Paula Dreeszen)


At our May meeting naturalist and gardener Tom Ford enlightened a responsive audience on making a yard wildlife-friendly. (Photo by John Ester)

We kicked off the new year with Stewart McFerran's presentation on the passenger pigeon, a now-extinct species with a history in Benzie County. Note that Stewart is using a new lavaliere microphone and lectern--both gifts from Benzie Audubon to our generous host, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. (Photo by John Ester)


At our annual meeting in November we elected a new Board of Directors before having our Members' Photo Show. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


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