A Delightful Day with Dixie

Dixie (left) and Natalie do a spot of bird spotting at Wolf Lake.

Dixie (left) and Natalie do a spot of bird spotting at Wolf Lake.

(Somewhere in southwest Michigan)  We spent the better part of the 5th of July with our dear friend Dixie Burkhart enjoying the great outdoors at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan and then cruising the backroads of Dixie’s native Van Buren County in search of summer warblers and other treats of nature.  While we did see the Trumpeter Swans at Wolf Lake along with most of the swallow varieties and a Willow Flycatcher and heard a Marsh Wren calling, we mainly spotted our amphibian and reptilian friends such as frogs of the Bull and Leopard variety. Oh, and we had our blueberry pie and ate it too at Brookside Farms north of Paw Paw off M-40.  Here is a record of our delightful day with Dixie in the great State of Michigan:

This Bullfrog at Wolf Lake sure thought he was at the top of the food chain yesterday.  We kept a respectful distance.

This Bullfrog at Wolf Lake sure thought he was at the top of the food chain yesterday. We kept a respectful distance.

Momma Trumpeter Swan was off her empty nest and preening in an opposite pond Tuesday.

Momma Trumpeter Swan was off her empty nest and preening in an opposite pond Tuesday.

Dixie spotted this spotted Leopard Frog on the trail.

Dixie spotted this spotted Leopard Frog on the trail.

Postcard from Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery.

Postcard from Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery.

A clutch of Northern Rough-winged Swallows sunning themselves at Wolf Lake.

A clutch of Northern Rough-winged Swallows sunning themselves at Wolf Lake.

There were some juvenile American Redstarts cavorting in a tree right over these Daylilies in the heart of Van Buren County yesterday.  Honestly.

There were some juvenile American Redstarts cavorting in a tree right over these Daylilies in the heart of Van Buren County yesterday. Honestly.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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