Monday, April 29, 2024



Leaves emerging, early tulips blooming, trees flowering.  What will be next?  

Thursday, April 25, 2024



I heard that a nearby cemetery was a great place for birding.  Turns out it was.  Quiet.  Not a lot of people moving around.  And there were plenty of birds.  Crows, as expected, blue jays, robins, a tufted titmouse.  Then I heard drumming and went looking for a woodpecker.  Lucked out when I found this beautiful Red-Headed Woodpecker.  Oh, and there were some really big birds flying overhead too.

Monday, April 22, 2024



Driving around Grand Traverse County, you often catch glimpses of the beautiful Boardman River wherever you are.  Here are some favorites from my recent wanderings.  

Thursday, April 18, 2024


 I was lucky to spot two pairs of Sandhill Cranes at one of the four-corner farmland ponds where I take pictures.  The foursome hung close together the whole time. They walked back and forth, displayed, and bugled.  They were amazing to watch.

Monday, April 15, 2024



The first spring blossoms have chased some of the drabness of winter.  I especially love the combination of yellows and purples.

Thursday, April 11, 2024



My friends Don, Diana and I headed to the Grass River Natural Area.  The 1,492 acre nature preserve is located in Antrim Country.  Home to northern fen and cedar wetlands, the area is full of birds and other critters.  Boardwalks make the trails navigable in all kinds of weather.  Yesterday was perfect.  We watched two mallards as birdsong filled the air.  We hiked to the river’s mouth, hoping to see loons but it was too early in the season.  We did see a bald eagle, migrating swans and a turkey vulture.  Among the three of us, we had three new knees, a bum ankle, and a bad case of sciatica but we still managed to walk 6000 steps, according to Diana’s watch.  Can’t wait for the next big adventure.

Monday, April 8, 2024



I had just left M-37 and was heading into farm country when I passed a group of strange-looking birds.  At first glance I thought they were turkeys but their spots made me turn around for a second look.  I had no clue what they were until I got home and googled one of my pictures.  Turns out they were helmeted guineafowl, a bird native to South Africa that had been introduced as a domesticated species in North America.