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Pam Grassmick



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: In-Coming Birds Reply with quote

We've had fun in the past with posting recent bird sightings during spring migration. In the past few weeks, the Sand-hill Cranes, Kestrels, Eastern Meadowlarks, Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Brown-headed Cowbirds have appeared. Kestrel nesting boxes at Little Sand Bay and Barney's Lake have been cleaned and readied for occupancy. The Redheads dominated the harbor ducks this winter but Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Hooded and Common Mergansers are present. Naturally, the Bald Eagles are a treat at all stages of development. This morning, I had a great look at a Ruby-crowned Kinglet foraging along the east side shoreline.

Keep those sightings coming and have fun! Each morning brings new songs!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have BI bird watchers given consideration to joining the Citizen Science Program to monitor environmental impact on birds and thereby all life on earth? With current cutbacks on federal protection agencies, it might be something to consider or reconsider.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion, Kirk. It would be good to tie in some bird surveys to habitat management work. I'll discuss this with the birding experts. Nancy Seefelt is coming this week to place the acoustical monitors along with ultrasonic monitors for bats. Some may know this but I learned that many songbirds migrate at night for safety. Woodcock do this. These sensors will pick up the species that flew by at night as the birds/bats make little chipping sounds in flight. It is then fed into computer software and it identifies the bird traveling overhead. Nancy has great radar images of spring migration and the pulses of birds that appear traveling to the islands. She is scheduled to do a mist net demonstration over the Warblers on the Water Memorial Weekend events.

Two Woodcock kicked up at Cable's Bay and one was run over on Enoch Hill recently. I saw 4 Flickers at Gull Harbor this morning along with Red-wing Blackbirds and the eagle. Brown Creepers have shown up and are spiraling up and down mature oaks and maples. I have 5 that I am watching on an old maple as I write this. Also had a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets all afternoon yesterday working the woods. Two Sandhill Cranes in Anthony Greene's field today.

Keep looking up and sideways!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear the fly way skies are full, day and night. Unbelievable how far bird spotting technology has come with sonic and audible night vision. Thanks so much for all you do in promoting birding and other ecological efforts on Beaver Island. It is recognized and appreciated by many and more importantly will be for the generations who follow.

Slangevar - Kirk
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Birds Reply with quote

Jacque LaFreniere reports that loons are on Lake G., Font, and Fox.

Dark-eyed Juncos, Purple Finches mixed in with a flock of Am. Goldfinches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers sighted today.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Birds Reply with quote

I woke up this morning to a Belted Kingfisher on the deck railing and more Am.Tree Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers seen. Loons heard calling from Lake Michigan. During a walk along the east side, I saw my first Double-crested Cormorant, Mute Swan, and a pair of Am. Wigeons. Also noted was an Eastern Phoebe busy doing its flycatcher activity and Eastern Wood-Pewees heard. I took a decent photo of a Merlin also birding.

Great weather to get outside and enjoy the spring! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:07 pm    Post subject: Birds Reply with quote

Osprey sighted at Green's Lake yesterday and two Northern Harriers + 4 Snipes at Gull Harbor this a.m.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:55 pm    Post subject: Ospreys on the nest Reply with quote

Yesterday, I got some pictures and video of the osprey pair on the microwave tower as they were preparing the nest.

Joe Moore
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pam, my parents and I were wondering if any snow owls were on the island this winter. Last year we saw a snow owl on several occasions, but this year nothing. Eagles galore, but no snow owl. Wondered if there were none, or if we just never were in the right place at the right time.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:04 pm    Post subject: Owls Reply with quote

Hi Audrey,

While the mainland did see a few Snowy Owls, the eruptions were not as prominent as other years. The Upper Peninsula, Cheboygan, and Grand Traverse had a few reported. No one reported seeing any Snowy Owls this year on the island. I follow a website that does weekly posts which I will pass along for your use next fall.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In addition to the Beaver Island Birding Trail advertisement, this site may be of interest to others interested in the bird world.

http://www.birdingwire.com
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:07 am    Post subject: Birds Reply with quote

One Snowy Owl to report from last winter-Tony and Ann did see a Snowy Owl at the end of the township airport! Yesterday, Bluebirds were checking out the Kestrel box at LSB and a Northern Harrier was working the surrounding fields. Two Caspian Terns were on the Charlevoix Airport runway and should be soon headed to their preferred destination-the Beaver Isles. Red-eyed Vireos are back too!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 Sandhill Cranes in flight, and in full voice, about 3/4 mile NE of Miller's Marsh Saturday afternoon (Don't ask; I was lost). Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Blue Heron (I believe) on Sand Bay at Jordan River...welcome back!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to hear the Great Blue Herons are back. Joe Moore had a photo on his web site but I have not seen one this spring. Caspian Terns seen yesterday and Brown Thrashers have returned to Little Sand Bay. The woods are coming alive with song!
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