Good morning, it is the season of Christmas Bird Counts! The Clinton CBC will be Sunday, December 21, 2014 this year. If you are a “regular” Clinton CBC’er, please join us again and we always welcome new friends to bird with us. Please register at the following link through the Audubon website at http://birds.audubon.org/get-involved-christmas-bird-count-find-count-near-you . Owling is always an option in the morning and we have had great birds show up on count day, including a Snowy Owl guest appearance last year. A post count dinner will follow at JR’s Hometown Grill and Pub in Tecumseh at 5:30 p.m., parking is in back. Please see the link for more details, they are open until 9 p.m. on Sunday: http://www.jrsgrillandpub.com/ .
Are you ready to participate in one of the most fun CBC’s out in the country? Covering three counties and habitat from farmland to wetlands and woodlands?
Of course you are? If you are so excited…you can’t wait for December 22nd to bird all day long, please get a hold of me and I will assign you to a count section in our circle! If you don’t know what a Christmas Bird Count is or would like to sign up, please click on this link to find out: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count After a great day of counting birds, we will all meet at the Clinton Inn in Clinton for dinner!
It is that time of year again where owls will be calling in the countryside at dusk. Join us for a night walk at Hudson SRA to try and call in owls and hear a response. Tracy Ball from the Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to showcase some cool owl features and I will be leading the walk! Last year we had about 75 people show up even though the weather wasn’t ideal and some of us heard a Great Horned Owl. If you plan on attending, please dress for the weather! See the flyer for more details.
Last night, a small group of birders walked the trails along the mill pond in the beautiful cold and was rewarded with several sightings of Eastern Screech Owls. At the first Screech Owl box, it looked like one was possibly in there so we went to the second box and he was sitting outside his … Continue reading
Meet for an Owl Prowl at Tecumseh Indian Crossing Trails Park on February 2, 2013. Meeting in parking lot on M-50 side of the pond around 5:30 p.m., walk will begin at 6:00 p.m.. Please be dressed for the weather and be prepared to walk at least an hour on the trails of different terrain. Please bring a flashlight just in case and we ask there is no photography of any owls if we happen to see one. Thanks and I hope to see you there!
The Clinton CBC brought a total of 84 different species counted in the whole count circle. There were many veteran birders helping out this year and a few new faces. The day started out very windy and Owling was a little difficult in some sections but a few people managed to see Screech Owls and … Continue reading
December 22, 2012
The Clinton Christmas Bird Count has been a tradition of the National Audubon Society for many years now. Darrin O’Brien has been the coordinator for the past seventeen years and has done a fantastic job getting other volunteers to help in our circle. You can find more information about the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts at http://www.theclintoninn.com/restaurant/dining/dinner.
The Clinton Christmas Bird Count is a 17 mile radius circled centered in Clinton, broke into sections where volunteers count the birds in their section for one day. The data recorded gives scientists a “snap shot” of what migration looks like for one day at the same time each year. Not only is this a fun way to be a citizen scientist but you get to meet other birders in the area and we meet for dinner at the end of the day. For more information about the Clinton Christmas Bird Count, please visit the Clinton CBC blog that Darrin O’Brien started at http://www.clintoncbc.blogspot.com/
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact myself and I will put you in touch with a section leader in need of volunteers. Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Inn in Clinton, MI where we can collect data and share stories! If you wish to view their menu, you can follow this link http://www.theclintoninn.com/restaurant/dining/dinner.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at some of the up coming events!
For more fun, here is a link to videos from the National Audubon Society about the Christmas Bird Counts, enjoy! http://birds.audubon.org/videos/audubons-christmas-bird-count-tallying-birds-americas-over-century
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hosting Owl Prowls at several state parks and there will be two in our area! If you did not attend the Lenawee Birders Owl Prowl in Tecumseh last year, now is a great chance to go twice. We will take a 30-45 minute walk near the woods to look and call for local owls. After the walk, we will meet around the bonfire for s’mores and storytelling. Here is the link through the MDNR for more Owl Prowl information:
The Owl Prowls are back to back with the first being Friday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the Lake Hudson State Recreation Area in Clayton, MI. Anyone interested in attending this owl prowl, please meet at the campground area.
Here is the link and map for Lake Hudson SRA: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=464&type=SPRK
The second Owl Prowl is Saturday, December 8th at 5:00 p.m. at Hayes State Park in Onsted, Michigan. Meet at the campfire ring in the Activities Area of the campground.
Here is the link and map for Hayes State Park: http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/details.aspx?id=454&type=SPRK
Can you guess woooo I am? “Who Cooks For You, Who Cooks For You AAALLLL” I will give you a hint, it is not the owl in the picture. If you know and you are considered a young birder (under 15) there will be a special prize for the first one to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct answer. You will have to visit us at one of the Owl Prowls to claim your prize.
Monday, June 25th, a few birders got together at 7:30 a.m. to enjoy a walk led by a very informative Dan Sparks-Jackson. We hiked the entire property starting at the West entrance where there is a grassy pull-off and a crickety wooden bridge across a ditch to access the site. We saw many different birds including a singing Eastern Meadowlark, singing Swamp Sparrows, an Orchard Oriole, what seemed like a million Common Yellowthroats and to top it off, singing Henslow’s Sparrows. Besides the birds, there was much native plants and wildflowers to look at and of course, the life in the creek. Dan mentioned that mid-August would be another great time to visit, when the other wildflowers are in full bloom.
Lenawee Birders, for those of you who did not make it to the walk last night Heritage Park in Adrian, we had AWESOME bird action! Starting with the trail walking to the East of the Stubnitz center, we had the pleasure of sorting through Empidonax species with great looks at Acadian Flycatchers and Great Crested Flycatchers. The group was able to hear Yellow-billed Cuckoos calling close but they were still shy enough not to offer us a view. We turned south down the big hill, back out to the meadow and towards the evergreen stand where three, yes three, Yellow-throated Vireos put on a show right in front of us. We heard chattering and first thought it was another chipmunk, maybe a wren and as soon as we got them in our bins, BAM! Yellow throat, yellow eye-ring and white belly and man, were they angry at each other. They chattered, puffed up as if they were going to explode at one another and chased each other around, all at eye level.
Indigo buntings and American Redstarts were singing everywhere with an occasional Baltimore Oriole piping in as well. We finished the evening off walking the narrow path along the creek to the south of the Stubnitz Center and picked up Hairy Woodpecker and Song Sparrow. Next week, we are planning to meet at Ramsdell Park in Clayton, MI at the same time 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The link to the park website is http://www.lenawee.mi.us/department/building-and-grounds?id=42 .