Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Solitary Sandpiper Shares

          Last Monday, this Solitary Sandpiper obliged us with the chance to observe it at pretty close range for as long as we wanted. While we oooed and ahhhed, swapped scopes and binocs and cameras, it went on feeding in the little stream of running water it had found. We were very interested to watch as it quivered it's foot in the water to stir up the bottom, then ate what floated to the top. Such fun to watch!

     This male Northern Cardinal, on the other hand. was scope viewing only, as he perched high in a tree, and sang loudly. 

     And when we didn't have birds to entertain us, we had flowers, turtles and frogs. 
Blanding's Turtle, a Michigan species of special concern.
        Although I took this photo of the Blanding's a few years back at the hatchery, we have seen quite a few there in recent days.
Bullfrog at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery

      As always, we will be exploring the hatchery next Monday at 9am. Hope to see you there!

All photos on this blog are taken by me, Dixie Burkhart, unless otherwise noted. Please do not reproduce without permission.

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