Hiking the Hot Sands of Kankakee Sands

The Berrien Birding Club ended our spring 2017 season with a road trip to the Kankakee Sands area of northwest Indiana on Saturday to see birds we don’t normally see in southwest Michigan, including: Blue Grosbeak, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, and one elusive Bell’s Vireo that was more easily heard than seen.  BBC President Kip Miller did a superb job of guiding us to the birds, restrooms, and keeping us fed and watered.  Oh, and we saw an interstate deer cross the road from Illinois to Indiana and then turn back and disappear into the thickets of Illinois.  We thought it would stay in Indiana for the lower taxes, but what’s doe to a deer with big bucks?  Now, please enjoy these postcards from our trip:

Kip Miller (orange shirt) provides some underway replenishment for the BBC at a rest stop on I-65.

We didn’t have to search far to find an abundance of Grasshopper and Henslow’s sparrows.

On the road again to spot Lark Sparrows—that were on the road again.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the bank of Willow Slough as folks enjoyed a fishing tournament. We forgot to bring our poles, so we didn’t compete.

The Berrien Birding Club in action at Kankakee Sands. The fall season officially begins on Labor Day. Stay tuned for dates and locations.


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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