Jazz Clarinetist

When in Chicago, get into some great jazz on the northeast corner of Wacker and Adams with cornerman Kaliq Woods.  The man plays some serious licks on his licorice stick.

When in Chicago, get into some great jazz on the northeast corner of Wabash and Adams with cornerman Kaliq Woods. The man plays some serious licks on his licorice stick.

 

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Dune Cat

Jaqui takes a dune hike to celebrate May.

Jaqui takes a dune hike to celebrate May.

Things are looking up—I was in the lifeguard perch when I took this.

Things are looking up—I was in the lifeguard perch when I took this.

Perched for summer.

Perched for summer.

A coat of sand and then home for a . . .

A coat of sand and then home for a . . .

 

. . . long cat nap on the sofa.

. . . long cat nap on the sofa.

 

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Trifecta at GRCP

IMG_5139(New Buffalo, Michigan) The Berrien Birding Club hit Galien River County Park with binoculars in the upright position Saturday morning, and thus logged the following highlights (of a visit that also included an overflying Great Blue Heron and bickering Red-winged Blackbirds):  Virginia Rail and Sora on the bird front, a rare Blanding’s Turtle with its distinctive yellow throat there for all to see, and Michigan’s second largest frog, Mr. Green.  We also saw more than one Louisiana Waterthrush in the Kesling Nature Preserve along the Forest Lawn Road Floodplain, and the Three Oaks Water Treatment Ponds were good enough to give us a Spotted Sandpiper and both a Greater and a Lesser Yellowlegs. And, now, here’s the Saturday trifecta from Galen River County Park:

Viriginia Rail is uncommon in wet marshes with cattails or other reedy plants.  The long bill makes up for the small size.

This Virginia Rail emerged victorious from a dust-up with a Sora. Sorry, Sora.

A protected species in Michigan, the Blanding's Turtle is a rare find, even for the BBC.

A protected species in Michigan, the Blanding’s Turtle is a rare find, even for the BBC.

The Green Frog is second in stature only to the Bull in Michigan.

The Green Frog is second in stature only to the Bull in Michigan.

 

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Eagle-Eyed

My good friend Gary McCormick sent me this just as we were returning from a successful Saturday outing with the Berrien Birding Club in Southwest Michigan.  As an Eagle Scout, I simply must share this with all of you.  Enjoy the flight:

http://www.flixxy.com/world-record-eagle-flight-from-worlds-tallest-building.htm?utm_source=nl

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Grainy Mermaid

Mermaids in Lake Michigan.  Why not?  This one was seen making the scene in New Buffalo, Michigan.

Mermaids in Lake Michigan. Why not? This one was seen making the scene in New Buffalo, Michigan.

 

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Pink-Oh!

Sometimes we're in the pink at sunset on the West Coast of Michigan, and sometimes we're not.

Sometimes we’re in the pink at sunset on the West Coast of Michigan, and sometimes we’re not.

 

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Caspians, See!

A clutch of Caspian Terns weather the wind and cold at the harbor mouth in New Buffalo, Michigan on the last day of April 2015.

A clutch of Caspian Terns weather the wind and cold at the harbor mouth in New Buffalo, Michigan on the last day of April 2015.

 

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