Fall Migration SW Michigan 2021

September 21, 2021 0 Comments

I look forward to the month of September almost as much as the month of May for the exact same reason: Songbird Migration! In May, many species are in colorful breeding plumage. In Fall, some of these species lose the bright colors in favor of more subdued camouflage. I always enjoy the challenge of identifying …

County Birding – a Niche Worth Exploring

September 21, 2021 2 Comments

If you are familiar with the hobby of Birding, then chances are good you may keep a “Life List,” or a list of all the species you have seen. Maybe you even keep a state-level version of the list, or even a year list. For many birders, this may be the extent of their listing …

Peak of Shorebird Migration – New Buffalo

August 28, 2021 0 Comments

Before we begin I want to announce that I have added a new feature to my blogposts. All images can be clicked on for an enlarged view while staying on the same page as the article. As I learn how to build a website on my own, new features may pop up. If I think …

Summer of Southeastern Birds

August 14, 2021 0 Comments

It’s been a good summer for Michigan birders. A steady, yet manageable, flow of vagrant species have appeared throughout the state from the Southeastern region of the continent. Late April brought us a beautiful, adult Little Blue Heron at Muskegon SP (2 immature LBHE have been discovered this week). In June, the emergence of the …

Willets and Whimbrels

July 21, 2021 0 Comments

I’m just going to come out and say it. I am a sucker for shorebirds. The more time I spend with them, the more I enjoy them. When the forests and wetlands of Michigan are teeming with mosquitos and Deer Flies, the beaches that may offer a sandpiper or two are relatively free of bloodsucking …

Terns at Tiscornia

June 28, 2021 2 Comments

It’s been rain, rain and more rain all weekend. I managed to eek out a little birding Friday evening between the rain showers. Looking at the hourly forecast it looked liked I had a 2 or 3 hour window to look up and down the beaches of St. Joseph along Lake Michigan for a Marbled …

Modeling Mockingbird of Benton Harbor

June 13, 2021 2 Comments

I had a little early morning free time on Saturday, June 12th. I wanted to bird, but also needed to beat the heat to do a routine brake and rotors replacement on my vehicle. I scanned through my email, looking for a a potential bird of interest nearby. My eyes fell on an email alert …

Birding – My Story, My Website, My Vision

June 6, 2021 0 Comments

On my bookshelf, placed between Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and National Geographic’s Complete Birds of North America is a small, unassuming blue book, about 8 inches tall, sporting cover illustrations of 3 colorful birds – Buntings to be exact. The spine is tattered and warped, the glue barely holding the pages in …

VBBT – South Haven Beaches and Black River Channel

January 22, 2021 2 Comments

Hello readers! I am very excited to bring the second installment of the the Van Buren Birding Trail! If you are a first time reader of my blog, I have recently started a sizable project to bring detailed information about Van Buren County’s best birding locations. I am hoping to increase the awareness of Van …

VBBT – Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

January 16, 2021 0 Comments

Hello readers! It has taken me longer to publish my first blog in a series called Van Buren Birding Trail. I had the post nearly finished, then scrapped the entire thing and started over. Moving forward, they should be easier to publish. How I wanted the information presented was my largest hurdle. The list is …