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Birds of the Benzie Area

There are always interesting things to see and photograph in the Benzie area. In December our photographers continued to see winter visitors here and other interesting creatures elsewhere. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)


Joe photographed this Snowy Owl with a wing tag at Chum's Corner industrial park. He learned that Snowy Owl #25 is an adult female hatched in 2013 or earlier. She was banded 12/12/2015 near Duluth, MN. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


This has been a banner year for Snowy Owls. This one spent several days hanging around the intersection of M-22 and Stormer Road. (Photo by John Ester)


This Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) is a regular visitor at the Brooks' porch feeder. The well-defined blackish head and brownish back and flanks distinguish this subspecies from the more common Slate-colored variety. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


Pine Siskins also have been regular customers at the Brooks' concession stand this winter. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


And speaking of yard birds, Carl spotted this Sharp-shinned Hawk eating a Mourning Dove in his yard. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This female Long-tailed Duck was on the ice at Arcadia Marsh. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


A short wall along the Choptank River in downtown Cambridge, MD is called "the wall of shame” on the Internet by folks not liking that the ducks have been fed there for years. It's like having Mallards in the park replaced by Canvasback, American Wigeon, Redhead, and Lesser Scaup. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This and the following image are of hybrids who have been coming to the area for several years. So this duck is the product of a Redhead and what? (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Middle bird:  Mallard and what? American Wigeon in front. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

Carl was not the only one leaving Benzie County in December. The gorgeous Purple-throated Carib is endemic to the Lesser Antilles and is common in Martinique. A stylized version of the bird is part of Martinique's logo.(Photo by John Ester)


Bananaquits are common in the subtropics. They like nectar, and this one was hitting the hummingbird feeders along with the caribs. (Photo by John Ester)

Barbados is home to the Green Monkey. (Photo by John Ester)


Club Activities


This year's Christmas Bird Count was a big success. Here Paula looks for birds at the Trapp Preserve. Count results can be found on our CBC page. (Photo by Bryce Dreeszen)


Following our 5th Annual Members Photo Show in November we elected a new Board of Directors: Carl Freeman, Emily Cook, Doug Cook, Sally Cook, Greg Miller, Jackie Jackson, John Ester, Char Ester, Tom Jackson and Wes Blizzard. (Photo by Joe Brooks)

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)


This little lake sturgeon was one of 140 about to be released into the Manistee River on September 2nd under the supervision of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. (Photo 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)

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