I've got a short story about the Bald Eagles up north in Grayling, and a quick question for a birder to answer.
We saw two big female Bald Eagles while were up to the Ausable last week. The first was a repeat sighting on the north branch near the point they call Dam #4. We were luck enough to see her last april but she was soaring so high that we didn't really get a good glimpse of her. The year, she arrived right on schedule as we pulled up to the end of the dirt road by the stairs. We had barley let ourselves out of the car before she came cruising over the road where we had just passed; not 40 yds away from us and just above the treetops. A local says she nests really close by and he always sees her out about that time of morning.
The second Bald Eagle was seen on the way out of Grayling; just about 10 miles south on I75. I saw a huge bird swooping down the road between cars about 3 or 4 cars in front of us; she was making passes back and forth but couldn't get down on the road without being hit. She circled a couple of times waiting for an opportunity to pick up an injured squirrel from the middle of the two lanes of traffic. She swooped right in front of us but then halted her dive right before we got there, made a quick circle and then swooped right behind us and scooped up her dinner. By far, these two sightings were the closest that I have ever been to Bald Eagles. When she was coming at the road I had to be no more than 20 yds away.
Now my question. My bird book is petersons field guide to Eastern US Birds. There are no orange birds in this book. Across the river from our cabin there was a very orange looking bird that must have been living there shoreside. He/she was seen 4 days straight fluttering around in the dense shore brush. Orange with distinct black markings, possibly black wings, maybe cardinal sized or smaller, definitely not much bigger if any. If it was not orange, I would say that it was more towards the red rather than yellow. Does anyone know of any orange birds in MI?
Also, a first while I was there. An entire forest of whooporwills were chanting away during the drake spinner fall. We heard the first at dusk, and it couldn't have been more than 20 yds behind us in the woods; with 20 minutes there at least a dozen calling.
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Originally Posted by yatahey
I'm a bit of a bird man myself. I'll post up just a few at a time.
You are much better with the camera than I my friend...your action shots really do look spectacular. Especially the Snow Goose landing; good work.