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Birds of the Benzie Area

There are always interesting birds to see in the Benzie area. In June we had some unexpected birds along with the usual suspects. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)


Joe credits Carl Freeman for tipping him off as to the Tree Swallows feeding their young at Arcadia Marsh. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


   

Bird feeders attract many animals, the most unwelcome of which are bears. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


And speaking of animals, this beaver has been active just above the bridge over Otter Creek. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


An LBJ (little brown job), this Henslow's Sparrow was found in a field next to M-22 just north of Esch Road. This sparrow is rare both in our area and in the state. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This was one of at least five Dickcissels at the corner of Latteau Road and Glovers Lake Road in northern Manistee County--part of an invasion of this grassland species this summer. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


Clay-colored Sparrows nest in our area but are not always easy to find. This pair was at the grassland restoration of the GTRLC next to Keillor Road. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

 


This baby mink was in the Elberta Marsh near the observation platform. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This Sandhill Crane and its chick were photographed in Elberta. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


The Mourning Warbler is another species that nests in our area but is often conspicuous by its absence. This one was found in Blaine Township. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

 


This Scarlet Tanager was among the birds we saw on the Birding by Ear field trip led by Doug Cook at Otter Creek.. Appropriately this bird was located by its burry song. (Photo by John Ester)


This milk snake was also at Otter Creek, spotted by two participants on their way back to their car. (Photo by John Ester)

 


 

This year the Trumpeter Swans on Little Platte Lake were successful in hatching two chicks. (Photo by John Ester)


This white American Robin hung around a home on Platte Lake for several days. An albino? In determining whether an all-white bird is an albino or a leucistic bird, the distinguishing characteristic is the bird's eyes: An albino has pink or red eyes, while a leucistic bird has normally-colored eyes. It is hard to tell from the photo, but those who saw this bird up close say it had pink eyes. If so, it was an albino--particularly rare if this was an adult bird. (Photo by Susan Vigland)


Club Activities


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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