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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

April 30th, 2018

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh 2018

Out Birding today at the Ottawa National refuge with my Adventure Girl! 69 different species spotted today. That’s a great day! 

 

Here’s the full list of birds we kept as a record of our adventures today:

Bald eagle
Purple Martin
Red wing blackbird
tree swallows
Canada geese
Flicker
Snowy Egret
Great blue heron
American robin
Cormorant
Goldfinch
Purple finch
White egret
Cardinal
Wood ducks
Downy woodpecker
Mallard duck
Grackle
Nuthatch
Cooper’s Hawk
Bluejay
Trumpeter Swan
Kildeer
Swamp sparrow
Sandhill crane
Starling
Blue wing teal
Brown headed cowbird
Lesser yellowlegs
Northern shoveler
Ruby crown d kinglet
Yellow rumpled warbler
House wren
Blue grey gnatcatcher
Barn swallow
Chickadee
Redtail hawk
Pied billed grebe
Green heron
White crowned sparrow
Palm warbler
Yellow warbler
Downy woodpecker
Brown thrasher
American coot
Common turn
Caspian turn
Ring billed gull
Herring full
Ring neck ducks
Lesser scaup
Golden Crowned king
Pine warbler
Brewers blackbird
Rusty blackbird
Woodcock
Hermit thrush
Turkey vulture
Pine warbler
Red bellied woodpecker
Bonapartes gulls
Dark eyed junco
Ruddy duck
Song sparrow
American kestrel

Chipping Sparrow

House Sparrow

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

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Featured with MUCC

April 4th, 2018

Featured with MUCC

Kelly and I were recently featured in an article by Sarah Topp with the On The Ground program with the Michigan United Conservation Club. Thanks for the nice article, Sarah! Link to the article is below.

On the Ground: Falconry in Improved Habitat Areas

 

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Fall Screech Owl

October 15th, 2014

Fall Screech Owl

 

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It’s always great to see when the local wildlife takes up refuge in one of the Owl Boxes that I built.  This little guy was sitting up in the house this past week  up at the Cabin.  Looking forward to seeing him again in for our annual fall bird hunt!

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Bald Eagle

July 21st, 2014

Bald Eagle

I was recently camping in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  A fantastic landscape of lake and woods and all the things that make Northern Michigan wonderful.  I was kayaking around the lake when I suddenly looked up when I was close to shore and noticed this handsome eagle perched in the tree above the lake.  The most interesting thing about the encounter was how close I was to the eagle without causing him some discomfort.  Apparently a small blue kayak close to the shore is nothing to concern a 2-foot tall wild raptor.

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Owl Houses Ready for Residents

July 22nd, 2013

A nice weekend up north at the Hootch provided an opportunity to finally place the owl houses built.  After careful selection of the trees and locations, my Dad and I were able to get the owl houses that we built last year posted on some sturdy trees.

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