- Jaegers | Whitefish Point Bird Observatory 090614
The last couple days have had a number of interesting birds. Even though Adam Byrne has been counting the last couple days, I’ve spent a good amount of time out there (and much more time in the woods than I would usually be able to spend). I thought Friday was going to be a great day; it was, but the numbers were lower than I expected. The winds just didn’t shift, at the forecasted time. Storms were still rolling in, so the count didn’t start on time. The highlight was 8 jaegers during the count, 2 being close enough to identify as Parasitics. There were also 3 more jaegers after the count. | Today (9/6) was mostly sunny with WNW winds throughout the count. Birds moved through steadily, throughout most of the count. | Duck diversity was the highlight of today. American Wigeon (56), Blue-winged Teal (287), and Northern Shoveler (38) all had a good day. The first Ring-necked Duck and Redheads (25) were recorded for the count. | http://wpbo.org/node/269
- Dabbling Ducks on the Rise | Whitefish Point Bird Observatory 090214
Today was a fun day out on the lake. The weather was beautiful, the company was great, and quite a few birds were flying. The day started off with lots of passerine migrants coming off the lake. The resident Merlin was also enjoying these migrants; chasing each bird that came across the lake. I love Merlins, but I had to root for the underdog during these chases. | Duck diversity and numbers were the best they have been this season. Many mixed flocks were moving by throughout the morning. Gadwall (4), American Wigeon (12), Mallard (10), Blue-winged Teal (287), Northern Shoveler (20), Northern Pintain (3), Green-winged Teal (28), Canvasback (1), Greater Scaup (2), White-winged Scoter (1), Common Merganser (9), and Red-breasted Merganser (1) rounded out the list. | Loons moved by in decent numbers today. A single Red-throated and 30 Commons were recorded during the count. Red-necked Grebes had a nice day with a total of 676. Horned Grebes were also moving with a total of 17 counte
Blue Hole: Little Miami River
What is a village? A small place, yes, as wide as the world, layered with histories and stories, where you can walk wherever you want to go. In my vision of that place, a river like the Little Miami runs through it, and still water like the Blue Hole remains as transcendent as the day in 1851 when Robert Duncanson painted it.
Big Water: Lake SuperiorI’ve canoed on Lake Superior for almost as many years as I’ve been losing eyesight. I return year after year like a migrating loon to learn the other side of a slow, uncertain process that we could call “going blind.” After 35 years with the lake as my teacher, I know what lies on the other side. I call it letting go of sight. Read my essay Big Water.