Benzie Audubon Club

Welcome to our Photo Gallery!  (Last update:  June 16, 2017)


Birds of the Benzie Area

There are always interesting birds to see in the Benzie area. But May is always a favorite month for birders (and for bird photographers!). (Click on pictures for a larger view.)

The bird of the month was the Yellow-breasted Chat that Doug Cook found at Otter Creek on our Big Day Count. This large warbler is a southern and western species that occasionally overshoots its territory. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Carl found Stemless Pink Lady's Slipper (with a visiting Crane Fly) at the Arcadia Dunes/C.S. Mott Preserve. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers nest in our area but are not always easy to find. This one was nice enough to show up at Arcadia for our Big Day Count. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Ovenbirds are often heard but not as easily seen. They are so named because of their dome-shaped nests that are said to resemble Dutch ovens. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

This Marsh Wren was found at Watervale outside its normal habitat of cattail marshes during migration, when birds can show up anywhere. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

This Sora was at Arcadia Marsh. It was one of many there, as higher water levels have made better habitat for them. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


The area around Cooper Road is a good place to find Barred Owls. This cooperative one rotated its head 180 degrees and did everything but say "cheese" for Terry to photograph it from his home. (Photo by Terry Bouck)

Another Terry accidentally flushed a Ruffed Grouse sitting on this nest close to his home. This looks look like a lot of eggs, but The Birder's Handbook shows the usual number of eggs in a Ruffed Grouse clutch as 9-12. (Photo by Terry Smith)

According to Tom Ford, the spring ETA for Rose-breasted Grosbeaks is May 1. This one showed up a couple of days later and after gorging himself on sunflower seeds enjoyed a dip in the bird bath. (Photo by John Ester)


Another handsome spring migrant is the Baltimore Oriole. A couple of males visited the Esters' oriole feeder a few times but then moved on. (Photo by John Ester)

This is part of a colony of Bank Swallows that Joe found building nests in a sand pit on River Road. (Photo by Joe Brooks)



In Elberta the Canada Geese brought their goslings to graze on the grass and were joined by the cottontail. The protective gander did not appreciate the competition and chased it away. Not a peaceable kingdom, Carl guesses. (Carl Freeman)

Club Activities

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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