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Birds of the Benzie Area

There are always interesting things to see and photograph in the Benzie area. In November we saw winter visitors as well as some birds (and other creatures) that spend all year here. (Click on pictures for a larger view.)


Winter can't be far behind when Snowy Owls start showing up. This one was found sitting on a dune next to the parking lot at Manistee's 5th Avenue Beach. (Photo by Linda Scribner)


Linda found this Great Egret at a small roadside pond south of Manistee on October 29. She was shocked to see an egret on such a late date but was even more surprised when he pulled a frog out of the pond! (Photo by Linda Scribner)


This male Long-tailed Duck was by Manistee's 1st Street Pier on November 27. (Photo by Linda Scribner)


Linda found this Snowy Owl on a dune next to the parking area at the 1st Street Beach in Manistee. It may have been the same owl Linda had photographed eight days earlier, but it didn't provide as complete a view (but how about those eyes!). (Photo by Linda Scribner)


Joe (and others) found this uncommon Iceland Gull at the Clinch Park Marina in Traverse City. (Photo by Joe Brooks)


Arcadia Dunes' Old Baldy at sunset. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This Downy Woodpecker was looking for bugs, not eating the seeds. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

These Bald Eagles were by Upper Herring Lake. The bottom one is eating a bird--probably a duck--whose wing is visible underneath the branch. (Photo by Carl Freeman)


This Ruffed Grouse was eating rose hips alongside a road near Thompsonville. Carl photographed the bird out his car window. (Photo by Carl Freeman)

Busted! Seeing that it is being watched, this bear is considering whether to eat the suet or take off. (Photo by John Ester)


After polishing off the suet the bear took off but returned to hit another feeder--a replacement for the last one he destroyed! The homeowner foolishly thought it was safe to feed birds during the day in late November. (Photo by John Ester)

Club Activities


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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