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2/24/24 11:29 am Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...> Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
2/24/24 7:58 am 'Marta Manildi' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
2/24/24 7:30 am Mag Tait <magtait1...> Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
2/24/24 6:45 am Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...> [birders] Flaco is dead
2/22/24 9:48 am Dody <dody...> Re: [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
2/22/24 8:03 am Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> Re: [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
2/22/24 6:08 am Michael Parow <mlparow...> [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
2/21/24 4:10 pm Mag Tait <magtait1...> Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
2/21/24 1:10 pm 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...> [birders] Tonight: Piping Plovers is free Washtenaw A*dubon and Sierra Club Program, Feb 21, 7:30 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, all invited
2/21/24 10:55 am 'Toni Spears' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
2/20/24 6:52 pm <juliet.berger...> [birders] Piping Plovers is WAS and SCHV Program Feb 21 7:30 at Matthaei
2/20/24 9:29 am 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...> Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
2/20/24 9:25 am Allen Chartier <amazilia3...> Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
2/20/24 8:53 am Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
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Date: 2/24/24 2:36 pm
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
 

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Date: 2/24/24 11:29 am
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
I looked up a little more about Eurasian eagle-owls. In the wild, they can live to be about 20 years old. In captivity much longer. Flaco was 14 years old. His last year of freedom ended up shortening his life, but in this case quality of life almost certainly much better than quantity.

I know there are some readers on this list. I looked up a book I read and loved in 2020 titled Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaught. It was a Times notable book in 2020 and was NPRs best non-fiction book in the same year. For some reason I thought the owls of this book were Eurasian eagle-owls (the second largest owl in the world). I was wrong. The owls studied by Jonathan Slaught were Blakiston's fish owls (the largest owls in the world). The book is written almost entirely about the author's time in the distant wilds of Russia studying the Blakiston's fish owl. It does indeed document his study and the challenges, but it is a page-turner and he writes about so much more. I learned a lot about remote Russia. Even though the owls are not the Eurasian eagle-owl, it is a great read on a different Eurasian owl. I gave my copy away, but I might have to buy it and read it again.

Cathy Carroll




From: "Marta Manildi" <mamanildi...>
To: "Mag Tait" <magtait1...>
Cc: "Catherine Carroll" <songsparrow...>, "birders" <birders...>
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2024 10:58:28 AM
Subject: Re: [birders] Flaco is dead

This was another building strike. It is a really big problem - maybe Flaco can become a symbol for anti-bird strike activism.
-Marta




On Feb 24, 2024, at 10:29 AM, Mag Tait <magtait1...> wrote:

I had not heard, had but I am glad that he had a fantastic last year. Sometimes it’s quality versus quantity.
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Might be old news by now. When I opened the NYT this morning there were already over 700 comments to the article. I know that others also enjoyed following this fabulous owl.

[ https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo-dead.html | https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo-dead.html ]

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Date: 2/24/24 7:58 am
From: 'Marta Manildi' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
This was another building strike. It is a really big problem - maybe Flaco can become a symbol for anti-bird strike activism.
-Marta

> On Feb 24, 2024, at 10:29 AM, Mag Tait <magtait1...> wrote:
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> I had not heard, had but I am glad that he had a fantastic last year. Sometimes it’s quality versus quantity.
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Feb 24, 2024, at 9:45 AM, Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...> wrote:
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>> 
>> Might be old news by now. When I opened the NYT this morning there were already over 700 comments to the article. I know that others also enjoyed following this fabulous owl.
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>> https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo-dead.html
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Date: 2/24/24 7:30 am
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Flaco is dead
 

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Date: 2/24/24 6:45 am
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...>
Subject: [birders] Flaco is dead
Might be old news by now. When I opened the NYT this morning there were already over 700 comments to the article. I know that others also enjoyed following this fabulous owl.

[ https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo-dead.html | https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/nyregion/flaco-owl-central-park-zoo-dead.html ]

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Date: 2/22/24 9:48 am
From: Dody <dody...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
And I saw three separate turkey vultures yesterday! Come on froggies!

Dody

On Feb 22, 2024, at 11:03 AM, Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...> wrote:

I had a Grackle in my backyard yesterday morning. Early, indeed, but no frogs yet.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2024 at 9:08 AM Michael Parow <mlparow...> <mailto:<mlparow...>> wrote:
> Spring must be on the way. I’ve had them coming to my feeders the last 3 days. Will frog calls be far behind? —mike
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Date: 2/22/24 8:03 am
From: Jack Smiley <jackrsmiley...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
I had a Grackle in my backyard yesterday morning. Early, indeed, but no
frogs yet.

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> Spring must be on the way. I’ve had them coming to my feeders the last 3
> days. Will frog calls be far behind? —mike
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Date: 2/22/24 6:08 am
From: Michael Parow <mlparow...>
Subject: [birders] Male red-winged blackbirds
Spring must be on the way. I’ve had them coming to my feeders the last 3 days. Will frog calls be far behind? —mike

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Date: 2/21/24 4:10 pm
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
That's a great group of birds!

On Wed, Feb 21, 2024 at 1:55 PM 'Toni Spears' via Birders <
<birders...> wrote:

> In spite of being relatively no-shows at our heated birdbath this winter,
> the bluebird gang came for the weekend bird count, at one time occupying 5
> of the 6 pegs on the peanut butter feeder, with 2 more in waiting.
>
> Mr. Pileated came for a feast of some sort two days in a row on the same
> backyard tree.
>
> Then Mr. and Mrs. GHO showed up for an evening conversation to be included
> in the count, too.
>
> 'Twas an entertaining several days.
>
> Toni
> Webster Twp.
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> On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 12:29:12 PM EST, 'Melissa Pappas' via
> Birders <birders...> wrote:
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> Like Susan, we have bluebirds and robins all year long. I'm sure it's
> mostly due to the fact that we have open, running water in our water
> feature out front and in the bubbler/fountain out back. I also consistently
> have mealworms (dried in the winter) available. It's amazing how many birds
> will choose those over any other offering in cold weather. Must be the
> protein.
>
>
> *Melissa Pappas*
> *Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI*
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>
> On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:51:33 AM EST, Fred Kaluza <
> <fkaluza...> wrote:
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> That’s awesome Susan. As a kid I always assumed birds were pretty-much
> the same everywhere as in…find a place with food and habitat to your
> tastes, find a mate, generate offspring and let them fend for themselves.
> Eventually the defenders of the homestead age-out and their digs become a
> desirable home base for a new young couple. After having lived in a few
> different places, I’m coming to see them more as citizens of a much larger
> “home”. They apparently have rules and manners at their Winter homes,
> another set of behaviors when migrating and yet different habits altogether
> on their breeding grounds. Most interesting to me is how they “play off”
> each other with Ducks taking cues from Chickadees and Cardinals playing
> games with Blue Jays etc. I have yet to understand how Bluebirds fit into
> the picture. I also think I can sense tension between native birds and
> non-natives in the same space. Almost like they can’t derive any value in
> each other’s company perhaps due to not having co-evolved together? I
> wonder if the non-migrators bring the migrators up to date on all the
> things that happened when they were away each year?
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 20, 2024 11:26:17 AM
> *To:* Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
> *Cc:* Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>; Birders UM <
> <Birders...>
> *Subject:* Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
>
> We have them all winter, along with robins...
>
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> Susan Falcone
> Falcone Studio/Studies from Nature
> Ann Arbor MI 48105
> studio (734) 995-1681
> <sfalcone...>
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> On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
>
> They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes
> ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun!
> They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past
> but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did
> last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
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Date: 2/21/24 1:10 pm
From: 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Tonight: Piping Plovers is free Washtenaw A*dubon and Sierra Club Program, Feb 21, 7:30 at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, all invited
Dear Birders and friends,
Tonight our speaker, Joan Kellenberg, will be presenting about the remarkable journey to recovery of the Great Lakes Piping Plover, and her experiences as a GLPIPL volunteer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore here in Michigan.
Join us in person or via Zoom at this link. https://us05web.zoom.us/j/3288051893?pwd=ZHdIdS9KMW5hdG9FK20wWWZPL0EzQT09
This will be a hybrid event.
All are welcome! You do not have to be a WAS or Sierra Club member to attend.
See you tonight.

Juliet Berger WAS President

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Date: 2/21/24 10:55 am
From: 'Toni Spears' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
In spite of being relatively no-shows at our heated birdbath this winter, the bluebird gang came for the weekend bird count, at one time occupying 5 of the 6 pegs on the peanut butter feeder, with 2 more in waiting.
Mr. Pileated came for a feast of some sort two days in a row on the same backyard tree.
Then Mr. and Mrs. GHO showed up for an evening conversation to be included in the count, too.
'Twas an entertaining several days.
ToniWebster Twp.
On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 12:29:12 PM EST, 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...> wrote:

Like Susan, we have bluebirds and robins all year long. I'm sure it's mostly due to the fact that we have open, running water in our water feature out front and in the bubbler/fountain out back. I also consistently have mealworms (dried in the winter) available. It's amazing how many birds will choose those over any other offering in cold weather. Must be the protein.
 Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI

    

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:51:33 AM EST, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:

That’s awesome Susan.  As a kid I always assumed birds were pretty-much the same everywhere as in…find a place with food and habitat to your tastes, find a mate, generate offspring and let them fend for themselves.  Eventually the defenders of the homestead age-out and their digs become a desirable home base for a new young couple.  After having lived in a few different places, I’m coming to see them more as citizens of a much larger “home”.  They apparently have rules and manners at their Winter homes, another set of behaviors when migrating and yet different habits altogether on their breeding grounds.  Most interesting to me is how they “play off” each other with Ducks taking cues from Chickadees and Cardinals playing games with Blue Jays etc.   I have yet to understand how Bluebirds fit into the picture.  I also think I can sense tension between native birds and non-natives in the same space. Almost like they can’t derive any value in each other’s company perhaps due to not having co-evolved together?  I wonder if the non-migrators bring the migrators up to date on all the things that happened when they were away each year?From: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 11:26:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog! We have them all winter, along with robins...
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On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun!  They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year.  Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
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Date: 2/20/24 6:52 pm
From: <juliet.berger...>
Subject: [birders] Piping Plovers is WAS and SCHV Program Feb 21 7:30 at Matthaei
Dear Birders and Friends,
Please join Washtenaw Audubon for a joint program with Sierra Club Huron Valley Group, tomorrow, Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor. Our speaker, Joan Kellenberg, will be presenting about the remarkable journey to recovery of the Great Lakes Piping Plover, and her experiences as a GLPIPL volunteer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore here in Michigan.
Join us in person or via Zoom at this link. https://us05web.zoom.us/j/3288051893?pwd=ZHdIdS9KMW5hdG9FK20wWWZPL0EzQT09
This will be a hybrid event.
All are welcome! You do not have to be a WAS or Sierra Club member to attend.
See you tomorrow.
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Date: 2/20/24 9:29 am
From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
Like Susan, we have bluebirds and robins all year long. I'm sure it's mostly due to the fact that we have open, running water in our water feature out front and in the bubbler/fountain out back. I also consistently have mealworms (dried in the winter) available. It's amazing how many birds will choose those over any other offering in cold weather. Must be the protein.
 Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI

    

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 11:51:33 AM EST, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:

That’s awesome Susan.  As a kid I always assumed birds were pretty-much the same everywhere as in…find a place with food and habitat to your tastes, find a mate, generate offspring and let them fend for themselves.  Eventually the defenders of the homestead age-out and their digs become a desirable home base for a new young couple.  After having lived in a few different places, I’m coming to see them more as citizens of a much larger “home”.  They apparently have rules and manners at their Winter homes, another set of behaviors when migrating and yet different habits altogether on their breeding grounds.  Most interesting to me is how they “play off” each other with Ducks taking cues from Chickadees and Cardinals playing games with Blue Jays etc.   I have yet to understand how Bluebirds fit into the picture.  I also think I can sense tension between native birds and non-natives in the same space. Almost like they can’t derive any value in each other’s company perhaps due to not having co-evolved together?  I wonder if the non-migrators bring the migrators up to date on all the things that happened when they were away each year?From: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 11:26:17 AM
To: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Cc: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>; Birders UM <Birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog! We have them all winter, along with robins...
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Ann Arbor MI 48105
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<sfalcone...>
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On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun!  They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year.  Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
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Date: 2/20/24 9:25 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
I remember one incredible day in 1991 at Holiday Beach, Ontario, when I
counted 825 Eastern Bluebirds migrating overhead, in groups of 100-150,
including more than 100 that landed in trees surrounding the tower.

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On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 11:53 AM Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:

> Super interesting Allen. I never even knew that Bluebirds “flocked”!
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:40:20 AM
> *To:* Ann Alvarez <annra.new...>
> *Cc:* Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>; Birders UM <birders...>
> *Subject:* Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
>
> In my territory, on private property, for the New Buffalo CBC on December
> 19th, I saw a flock of 44 Eastern Bluebirds. It was amazing...
>
> Allen T. Chartier
> Inkster, Michigan
> Email: <amazilia3...>
> Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
> Website/Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/
>
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 10:31 AM Ann Alvarez <annra.new...> wrote:
>
> Hooray and Thanks!
>
> I was happy to see one drinking from our heated birdbath this morning.
> They have been around here for at least a few days now. Always wonderful
> to see!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
>
> 
> They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes
> ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun!
> They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past
> but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did
> last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
>
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Date: 2/20/24 8:53 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
Super interesting Allen. I never even knew that Bluebirds “flocked”!
________________________________
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 10:40:20 AM
To: Ann Alvarez <annra.new...>
Cc: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>; Birders UM <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!

In my territory, on private property, for the New Buffalo CBC on December 19th, I saw a flock of 44 Eastern Bluebirds. It was amazing...

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...><mailto:<amazilia3...>
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On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 10:31 AM Ann Alvarez <annra.new...><mailto:<annra.new...>> wrote:
Hooray and Thanks!

I was happy to see one drinking from our heated birdbath this morning. They have been around here for at least a few days now. Always wonderful to see!

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...><mailto:<fkaluza...>> wrote:


They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun! They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.

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Date: 2/20/24 8:51 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
That’s awesome Susan. As a kid I always assumed birds were pretty-much the same everywhere as in…find a place with food and habitat to your tastes, find a mate, generate offspring and let them fend for themselves. Eventually the defenders of the homestead age-out and their digs become a desirable home base for a new young couple. After having lived in a few different places, I’m coming to see them more as citizens of a much larger “home”. They apparently have rules and manners at their Winter homes, another set of behaviors when migrating and yet different habits altogether on their breeding grounds. Most interesting to me is how they “play off” each other with Ducks taking cues from Chickadees and Cardinals playing games with Blue Jays etc. I have yet to understand how Bluebirds fit into the picture. I also think I can sense tension between native birds and non-natives in the same space. Almost like they can’t derive any value in each other’s company perhaps due to not having co-evolved together? I wonder if the non-migrators bring the migrators up to date on all the things that happened when they were away each year?
________________________________
From: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 11:26:17 AM
To: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Cc: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>; Birders UM <Birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!

We have them all winter, along with robins...

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On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...><mailto:<fkaluza...>> wrote:

They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun! They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.

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Date: 2/20/24 8:26 am
From: Susan Falcone <sfalcone...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
We have them all winter, along with robins...

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> On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
>
> They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun! They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
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Date: 2/20/24 7:40 am
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
In my territory, on private property, for the New Buffalo CBC on December
19th, I saw a flock of 44 Eastern Bluebirds. It was amazing...

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: <amazilia3...>
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On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 10:31 AM Ann Alvarez <annra.new...> wrote:

> Hooray and Thanks!
>
> I was happy to see one drinking from our heated birdbath this morning.
> They have been around here for at least a few days now. Always wonderful
> to see!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Feb 20, 2024, at 10:28 AM, Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:
>
> 
> They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes
> ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun!
> They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past
> but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did
> last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.
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Date: 2/20/24 7:31 am
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Subject: Re: [birders] Hot Dog!
 

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Date: 2/20/24 7:28 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: [birders] Hot Dog!
They don’t hang around my place in the Winter (yet) but…fifteen minutes ago I saw my first Bluebird pair of the year in the brilliant morning sun! They’re 1/2 mile east of me at the same place I’ve seen them in years past but eventually as others arrive, I hope to get a pair at my place as I did last year. Good luck to any other Bluebirders in the group.

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Date: 2/18/24 12:28 pm
From: Lisa Lava-Kellar <lisalk...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Owl pellet. Another Washington report
Thanks, Mag, for helping me reflect on years of owl pellet dissections with
children. Fond memories.

It's wonderful that your daughter and fam have a resident barred owl at
their home!

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> My daughter found an owl pellet in her driveway. They have a resident
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Date: 2/18/24 9:19 am
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: [birders] Owl pellet. Another Washington report

My daughter found an owl pellet in her driveway. They have a resident barred owl. We think that the talons are probably from a squirrel. I had no idea that squirrels had such huge talons until I looked it up!

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Date: 2/18/24 6:35 am
From: C <empidonaxdvg...>
Subject: [birders] RFI - Red Crossbill feeding behavior


Hi all,

I’m writing to follow up on my previous requests for observations of
eastern red crossbills feeding on conifers.

This is an especially interesting year and time of year for crossbill
feeding behavior. Since late summer-early fall 2023, lots of type 12, type
2, type 4, and even some type 1 crossbills have been feeding extensively on
a massive white pine cone crop in the Northeast. Many birds continue to
feed on white pine and some are in the middle of breeding. This is
interesting because white pine is generally thought to drop most of its
seeds shortly after the cones open in early fall. It will be interesting to
see just how long crossbills are able to feed on this incredible cone crop
and if/when they switch to feeding on other conifers (and what those other
conifers are). I should also note that I have fewer observations from the
upper Great Lakes region and the southeast, where crossbills may be doing
something completely different.


As a reminder, I’m looking for audio recordings of crossbill calls from the
eastern US/Great Lakes with information on the conifers the birds are
feeding on. The recordings do not have to be made with any advanced
equipment – many phone recordings are sufficient. Pictures of the conifer
cones are most helpful. However, if you are comfortable with conifer
identification, notes on which conifers crossbills are feeding on are also
valuable.

Based on contributions from several folks across the eastern US, I’ve
accumulated nearly 800 (!) records of eastern red crossbills and the
conifers they’re feeding on. If you’re interested, I’ve posted a little
blurb on my website
(https://ckporter.weebly.com/eastern-red-crossbill-ecology.html)
illustrating and describing the preliminary data for type 12, the crossbill
I have the most data for and am most interested in for this project.

Although there are some intriguing patterns in the data so far, describing
the feeding ecology of type 12 and other eastern call types will require
*much* more data across many seasons and years. So, if you have crossbills
in your area, please consider uploading recordings and conifer information
to eBird. I’ve also created an iNaturalist project (link below) where
observations can be uploaded. If you don’t use eBird or iNaturalist, please
feel free to send me any observations directly.

Thanks a ton for considering my request. Please feel free to reach out with
any questions. Also, please pass this onto anyone you think might be
interested in participating.

Good birding,

Dr. Cody Porter

Ames, Iowa



*iNaturalist project link: *
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/feeding-ecology-of-eastern-red-crossbills

*Project description link:*
https://ckporter.weebly.com/eastern-red-crossbill-ecology.html

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Date: 2/16/24 10:22 am
From: Ivan LaHaie <dr.burbun...>
Subject: [birders] Snow Goose?
I was only driving by, but at around 11 am this morning there appeared to be an all-white bird nestled in among a flock of Canada geese on the pond across from intersection of M-52 and Waldo rd. In case anyone wants to attempt an ID.

Ivan

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Date: 2/15/24 9:27 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: [birders] Snow makes the difference (again)
Have picked-up maybe an inch or so today and it’s still dusting in. With it have come the feeder birds. We’re currently enjoying…

8 Cardinals
2 Blue Jays
12 Juncos
10 Tree Sparrows
2 House Finches
3 Goldfinches

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Date: 2/13/24 4:24 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Pine Siskins
I’m sitting here too now thinking the last few years (maybe decades) have not been as exciting as far as birding goes. Maybe it’s because more of them were new to me at the time. Not that I take any sightings for granted but..I swear Winter days back then would yield 30 species at my backyard feeders. It would be great to see some Redpolls and Pine Siskins and a good traffic-stopping school-closing Winter Storm again.
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Subject: Re: [birders] Pine Siskins

I would say pretty lucky! I almost talked to myself into thinking that I had a Pine Siskin for a moment yesterday, but on closer look it was a female house finch.
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I haven’t seen any in forever, but this morning I awoke to at least a dozen Pine Siskins furiously going at the bird feeder! How lucky am I?!



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Date: 2/12/24 4:30 pm
From: Dody <dody...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Snowy Owl
How very, very special Mag!!

On Feb 12, 2024, at 5:50 PM, Mag Tait <magtait1...> wrote:

I am very excited. I just saw my first snowy owl in the wild. I got a note from a neighbor that it was in the new subdivision that is right by Todd‘s landscaping in Hamburg. I stopped on my way home from work and it was still sitting on the roof, looking beautiful.
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Date: 2/12/24 4:23 pm
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Subject: Re: [birders] Pine Siskins
 

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Date: 2/12/24 4:00 pm
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Subject: [birders] Pine Siskins
I haven't seen any in forever, but this morning I awoke to at least a dozen
Pine Siskins furiously going at the bird feeder! How lucky am I?!



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Date: 2/12/24 2:50 pm
From: Mag Tait <magtait1...>
Subject: [birders] Snowy Owl
I am very excited. I just saw my first snowy owl in the wild. I got a note from a neighbor that it was in the new subdivision that is right by Todd‘s landscaping in Hamburg. I stopped on my way home from work and it was still sitting on the roof, looking beautiful.
Mag
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Date: 2/11/24 11:53 am
From: Ann Alvarez <annra.new...>
Subject: Re: [birders] High-tech Squirrel Baffler
Haha! Fabulous photo!

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Date: 2/11/24 10:21 am
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Subject: [birders] High-tech Squirrel Baffler
Patent pending on newly designed squirrel baffler guaranteed to deter even Olympic champion high jumpers. Not 2, not 3, but 4 layers of recycled materials with no environmental impact. Brain study research shows evidence that trying to outsmart a squirrel results in a significant increase in neural networks‼️‼️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🐿️🐿️🐿️🐿️
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Date: 2/9/24 9:19 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: [birders] Bluebird Festival
The Michigan Bluebird Society’s “Spring Bluebird Festival” is in Ann Arbor this year! If you want to spend part of a Saturday hanging out with other “birdy” folks, it’s free to attend and will be on March 23rd. Info below.

https://michiganbluebirds.org/springfestival

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Date: 2/8/24 7:34 pm
From: Catherine Carroll <songsparrow...>
Subject: [birders] Shorebirds
Hope those interested got a chance to see the PBS Nature episode "Flyways." Aired Wednesday on Detroit PBS. I watched it this evening on Passport. It's a stunning, can't miss documentary focusing on the migration of three shorebird species. Nate Swick also interviewed the filmmaker on the ABA podcast today and this was an excellent compliment to the film.
Many memorable observations and statements like "shorebirds are the world's most global citizens." Really beautiful. Try to watch it. You won't be disappointed.

Cathy Carroll



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Date: 2/7/24 1:30 pm
From: Elliot Nelson <elliotkarlnelson...>
Subject: [birders] MI Birding 101 Class Coming up!
Hi all!

We're at it again! Offering the same 4 part introductory class, over zoom
that we have offered for the last couple of years. A little info:

What? - A series of 4, 1 hour, live webinars where you can learn about the
hobby of birding and engage with questions and activities!
When? - 7pm - 8pm, March 5,7, 12 and 14
Where? - Over Zoom (a free easy online webinar platform)
How Much? - Nothing! This is absolutely free!


This class will help you learn the basics of birding, the best hobby in the
world*! *In my humble opinion ;)

Registration at bit.ly/MIBIRDS24

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Date: 2/6/24 8:13 am
From: Linda Berauer <lberauer...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Ordering for Birds
Thanks for bringing this up to warn everyone. I got the order from Amazon
question recently too from a familiar email address. I didn't reply but
confirmed it wasn't from my actual friend. Don't reply to such odd emails
before verifying identity of sender through other means. A word to the
wise.

On Tue, Feb 6, 2024, 10:58 AM Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...> wrote:

> Melissa, I’m not sure what you may be referring to however, email
> “spoofing” has been taken to a new level recently. Someone is taking
> message traffic from this birding list-serv and making logical
> associations. Yesterday I received an email from what I believed (and
> still believe) is the email address of someone in this group, asking me if
> I order things from Amazon. I was somewhat suspicious as I’ve not heard
> from “that person” in a long time. Anyway, I did a direct “reply to” the
> sender and said “yes…why?” Some minutes later I received an oddly worded
> request to buy an Amazon gift card for the sender’s relative from the
> sender for some nefarious medical and credit-failure reason. The odd thing
> is that I used to be able to click on the senders address and it would
> open-up to reveal a fairly cryptic looking address like…”f;6/^#>
> <fhf...>” . In this most recent case however, the senders
> indicated address was exactly what I had in my address book from direct
> conversations many months ago. In fact, I can no longer determine if my
> messages are going to the fellow list-serv member, or to the hacker.
> Further, since my signature line on my outbound emails from my phone
> said…”sent from Fred’s iPhone”, the hacker now knows my first name. This
> incremental phishing is how hackers build profiles and try to whittle-away
> at your personal information. Now, I'm faced with messages that have gone
> from…”Sorry to bother you but I was wondering if…” to “Sorry to bother you
> Fred, but I was wondering if…”. If this keeps up, people are going to go
> back to using their telephones to making voice calls! Be alert, stay
> suspicious, take care…Here’s something I saw yesterday that may be
> helpful. Slightly different subject but related.
>
> https://youtu.be/LO90boXQ-b0?si=n1pdvcTICd5kgbWA
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 6, 2024 08:44
> *To:* Birders <birders...>; Birders at Umich <
> <birders...>
> *Subject:* [birders] Ordering for Birds
>
> I thought I saw a post about ordering from Amazon. If I am mistaken (or
> wrong group), please excuse this post.
>
> I do order quite a lot for birds on Amazon. I have a standing subscription
> for niger seed and dried mealworms (winter). Those are items that our local
> feed store doesn't carry in large supply. I go through large quantities of
> both, so having a standing order ensures I won't run out.
>
> I have also ordered a number of bird feeders and water feature supplies
> from Amazon.
>
> I would be happy to share more information. Please make note in the
> subject line that it's a "bird question." I've started to screen messages I
> open a bit more carefully lately.
>
>
> *Melissa Pappas*
> *Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI*
>
>
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Date: 2/6/24 8:02 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: [birders] Ordering for Birds

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From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 10:58
To: Melissa Pappas <ftknoxfox53...>; Birders <birders...>; Birders at Umich <birders...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Ordering for Birds

Melissa, I’m not sure what you may be referring to however, email “spoofing” has been taken to a new level recently. Someone is taking message traffic from this birding list-serv and making logical associations. Yesterday I received an email from what I believed (and still believe) is the email address of someone in this group, asking me if I order things from Amazon. I was somewhat suspicious as I’ve not heard from “that person” in a long time. Anyway, I did a direct “reply to” the sender and said “yes…why?” Some minutes later I received an oddly worded request to buy an Amazon gift card for the sender’s relative from the sender for some nefarious medical and credit-failure reason. The odd thing is that I used to be able to click on the senders address and it would open-up to reveal a fairly cryptic looking address like…”f;6/^#><fhf...>” . In this most recent case however, the senders indicated address was exactly what I had in my address book from direct conversations many months ago. In fact, I can no longer determine if my messages are going to the fellow list-serv member, or to the hacker. Further, since my signature line on my outbound emails from my phone said…”sent from Fred’s iPhone”, the hacker now knows my first name. This incremental phishing is how hackers build profiles and try to whittle-away at your personal information. Now, I'm faced with messages that have gone from…”Sorry to bother you but I was wondering if…” to “Sorry to bother you Fred, but I was wondering if…”. If this keeps up, people are going to go back to using their telephones to making voice calls! Be alert, stay suspicious, take care…Here’s something I saw yesterday that may be helpful. Slightly different subject but related.

https://youtu.be/LO90boXQ-b0?si=n1pdvcTICd5kgbWA


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From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 08:44
To: Birders <birders...>; Birders at Umich <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Ordering for Birds

I thought I saw a post about ordering from Amazon. If I am mistaken (or wrong group), please excuse this post.

I do order quite a lot for birds on Amazon. I have a standing subscription for niger seed and dried mealworms (winter). Those are items that our local feed store doesn't carry in large supply. I go through large quantities of both, so having a standing order ensures I won't run out.

I have also ordered a number of bird feeders and water feature supplies from Amazon.

I would be happy to share more information. Please make note in the subject line that it's a "bird question." I've started to screen messages I open a bit more carefully lately.


Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI





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Date: 2/6/24 7:58 am
From: Fred Kaluza <fkaluza...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Ordering for Birds
Melissa, I’m not sure what you may be referring to however, email “spoofing” has been taken to a new level recently. Someone is taking message traffic from this birding list-serv and making logical associations. Yesterday I received an email from what I believed (and still believe) is the email address of someone in this group, asking me if I order things from Amazon. I was somewhat suspicious as I’ve not heard from “that person” in a long time. Anyway, I did a direct “reply to” the sender and said “yes…why?” Some minutes later I received an oddly worded request to buy an Amazon gift card for the sender’s relative from the sender for some nefarious medical and credit-failure reason. The odd thing is that I used to be able to click on the senders address and it would open-up to reveal a fairly cryptic looking address like…”f;6/^#><fhf...>” . In this most recent case however, the senders indicated address was exactly what I had in my address book from direct conversations many months ago. In fact, I can no longer determine if my messages are going to the fellow list-serv member, or to the hacker. Further, since my signature line on my outbound emails from my phone said…”sent from Fred’s iPhone”, the hacker now knows my first name. This incremental phishing is how hackers build profiles and try to whittle-away at your personal information. Now, I'm faced with messages that have gone from…”Sorry to bother you but I was wondering if…” to “Sorry to bother you Fred, but I was wondering if…”. If this keeps up, people are going to go back to using their telephones to making voice calls! Be alert, stay suspicious, take care…Here’s something I saw yesterday that may be helpful. Slightly different subject but related.

https://youtu.be/LO90boXQ-b0?si=n1pdvcTICd5kgbWA


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From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 08:44
To: Birders <birders...>; Birders at Umich <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Ordering for Birds

I thought I saw a post about ordering from Amazon. If I am mistaken (or wrong group), please excuse this post.

I do order quite a lot for birds on Amazon. I have a standing subscription for niger seed and dried mealworms (winter). Those are items that our local feed store doesn't carry in large supply. I go through large quantities of both, so having a standing order ensures I won't run out.

I have also ordered a number of bird feeders and water feature supplies from Amazon.

I would be happy to share more information. Please make note in the subject line that it's a "bird question." I've started to screen messages I open a bit more carefully lately.


Melissa Pappas
Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI





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Date: 2/6/24 6:03 am
From: Scott Smith <painless...>
Subject: Re: [birders] Ordering for Birds
This appears to be a phishing scam I believe.


On 2/6/2024 8:44 AM, 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders wrote:
> I thought I saw a post about ordering from Amazon. If I am mistaken
> (or wrong group), please excuse this post.
>
> I do order quite a lot for birds on Amazon. I have a standing
> subscription for niger seed and dried mealworms (winter). Those are
> items that our local feed store doesn't carry in large supply. I go
> through large quantities of both, so having a standing order ensures I
> won't run out.
>
> I have also ordered a number of bird feeders and water feature
> supplies from Amazon.
>
> I would be happy to share more information. Please make note in the
> subject line that it's a "bird question." I've started to screen
> messages I open a bit more carefully lately.
>
> *Melissa Pappas*
> *Hamburg Township, Livingston County, MI*
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Date: 2/6/24 5:44 am
From: 'Melissa Pappas' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Ordering for Birds
I thought I saw a post about ordering from Amazon. If I am mistaken (or wrong group), please excuse this post.
I do order quite a lot for birds on Amazon. I have a standing subscription for niger seed and dried mealworms (winter). Those are items that our local feed store doesn't carry in large supply. I go through large quantities of both, so having a standing order ensures I won't run out.
I have also ordered a number of bird feeders and water feature supplies from Amazon. 
I would be happy to share more information. Please make note in the subject line that it's a "bird question." I've started to screen messages I open a bit more carefully lately.
 Melissa PappasHamburg Township, Livingston County, MI     

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Date: 2/5/24 1:05 pm
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Subject: [birders] Oakland Audubon Upcoming Events
Folks, Here's the latest news from Oakland Audubon on upcoming events (programs, field trips, etc.) Enjoy. Hope to see you at some of these. Don Burlett
Field Trips&#8203;OAS Field Trips are free and open to the general public. Depending on the destination, entry fees may be required. We welcome all levels of birdwatchers including those with disabilities. Remember to dress for the weather. Trips occurring during a winter storm warning are automatically canceled.&#8203;Field Trip Guidelines
1. Trip size will be strictly limited. The number of participants will be set by thetrip leaders based on the location that we are visiting.
2. All participants must pre-register with the trip leader(s)so we can get an accurate count. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis.We will sometimes have to indicate that a trip is full.
3. If you are not feeling well, you should not attend the field trip.&#8203;Upcoming Field Trips3 FEB Down River Ducks Tour - Elizabeth, Bishop & Dingell ParksSaturday, February 3, 20248:00am-12:00pmLeader: Kayla N (<shad0wc00kiecrumbs...>)

Join us for a Downriver Ducks Tour, an exploration of some downriver parks in search of ducks. We'll visit three parks, starting at Elizabeth Park in Trenton. We'll circle the park checking for ducks and gulls before heading up to Bishop Park in Wyandotte and finishing at Dingell Park in Ecorse. Hoping to see ducks, particularly up close as these locations are usually good for. Conditions will be dependent on the amount of ice, but I am hopeful that we can catch a few good views of the ducks. Bring a scope if you have one. The trip leader will also bring a scope. All parks are free city parks, no passes needed, however if the ducks don't pan out, we may move the trip to nearby Lake Erie Metropark, which would require a Metroparks pass. Please carpool if possible; parking is limited at some of the parks. Trip size will be limited, please email the trip leader to register. 9 FEB UP TripFri, Feb 9 - Sun, Feb 11, 2024All daySault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, USALeader: Don Burlett

The plan is to carpool with some folks early in the day on Friday, January 25 and drive to Sault Ste. Marie. Please get a hotel room at or near the Days Inn along the I-75 business spur.

On Friday, we will bird several places along the way north and plan to visit the Dafter dump while it is operating on Friday. We will spend all day Saturday and Sunday morning birding many traditional spots for winter birds. We hope to carpool as much as reasonable to cut down on fuel use and make traveling to sites easier to manage.

Contact the leader for details and to let him know of your interest/attendance. 16 FEB Great Backyard Bird CountFriday, February 16, 202410:00am-10:00am 17 FEB Great Backyard Bird Count (Young Birders Club)Saturday, February 17, 20248:30am-11:00amEL Johnson Nature Center, Bloomfield HillsLeader: Kathleen Dougherty (<kad8186...>)

Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) at the Johnson Nature Center, a global event that tracks birds for four days. Plan to hike the trails and observe birds at the Johnson Nature Center&rsquo;s feeding station. The Johnson Nature Center is an oasis for birds in a suburban community of Oakland County. This field trip is co-sponsored by Johnson Nature Center. Plan to stay after the hike to participate in programs hosted at the Nature Center if interested. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars. 2 MAR Crosswinds Marsh & Grace LakeSaturday, March 2, 2024All dayLeaders: Jeff Stacey (<jdstacey...>) & Mike Mencotti (<mmencotti9...>) Identifying winter gulls can be an acquired taste, but this trip may help you acquire it! The actual locations we'll visit will be determined by where the flocks of gulls are. We'll start at the main parking lot for Crosswinds Marsh (usually a very reliable source of gulls) and then move on from there. 16 MAR Pondering Penguins (Young Birders Club)Saturday, March 16, 202410:00am-1:00pmDetroit Zoo, Royal OakLeader: Kathleen Dougherty (<kad8186...>)

A field trip to see Penguins would require extensive travel below the equator. However, Oakland Owlets can explore these amazing birds locally at the Detroit Zoo&rsquo;s Polk Penguin Conservation Center or PPCC. The PPCC is an impressive facility that provides specular views of
five species of penguins. A 326,000-gallon underwater gallery allows guests to see penguins move through the water. Young birders will complete a penguin workbook to test their Penguin IQ during the visit and explore the free flight aviary. Admission and parking fees are applicable. Space is limited. 17MAR Late Winter WildcardSunday, March 17, 20248:00am-12:00pmLeader: Kayla Niner (<shad0wc00kiecrumbs...>)

Join us for a trip to see the birds - wherever they are! March is a month of changing weather and conditions. This time of year can vary greatly. Some years it's cold and snowy and other years the weather has begun to be far more springlike. This wildcard trip will focus on whatever is being seen, be it early migrants or winter residents. Trip location to be determined the week of the trip, but will be within the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Possible locations include, but are not limited to: Lake St. Clair Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark, Belle Isle State Park, Kensington Metropark, and Robert H. Long Park of Commerce Township. Passes may be required for entry. Email trip leader to sign up. Membership Meetings&#8203;Monthly membership meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month (except December, May, July,and August) at the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham.1589 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009 OAS meetings and programs at the Church have resumed and may also be offered online via Zoom.Meetings open at 6:30 PM and talks begin at 7:00 PM. If a meeting is offered via Zoom,specific instructions and links will be posted in the meeting description.&#8203; Meeting cancellations:If a meeting is canceled or you are unsure of the status of a meeting, please check this website, or call a board member. 2024 Upcoming Programs13 FEB Why Pigeons are Worth a Second Look (ZOOM Only) Tuesday, February 13, 2024https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81027312579?pwd=UU0vY0tkRHBBWmYzSXpabkpKMnJtZz09Speaker: Rosemary Mosco

For most of us birders, city pigeons aren't exciting. But the forgotten history of Rock Pigeons (Columba livia) is ancient and riveting. When we observe their comical behavior and discover the genetics behind their color patterns, we become better birders. Join Rosemary Mosco, author of A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching, to learn why pigeons are worth a second look.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 810 2731 2579
Passcode: 714438 12MAR WM landfills --Important Wildlife Habitats (In Person and on Zoom) Tuesday, March 12, 2024https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88554191089?pwd=T1RNanVtQnkzL3FLc3IyNStSY1ZjQT09Speaker: Kathleen Klein

Kathleen Klein, Community Relations representative for WM, will present findings of the last 10+ years of bird observations for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) at the Eagle Valley Disposal & Recycling Facility and other efforts implemented at WM facilities to maintain certifications with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC).

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Date: 2/5/24 7:37 am
From: Alan Ryff <alryff...>
Subject: [birders] checking in ✅
Hi,
Sorry to bother you, do you order from Amazon?

Thank you

Alan

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Date: 2/3/24 4:32 pm
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3...>
Subject: [birders] Colombia Trip Report uploaded
Everyone,

I have finally finished writing a trip report for my Colombia birding trip
last summer. It is a huge file, so you probably need to download it rather
than read it online. I wanted to include large photos (more than 300 of
them) which made it pretty big. You can access it here:

http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/p/trip-reports.html



Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Date: 1/26/24 9:22 am
From: 'George Hammond' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Fwd: Bevy of birding programs coming to Detroit area
 

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