brings a constant procession of 100-200 Great Egrets into the refuge to roost in the willows near Grefe Observation Platform. This number will increase to 700-800 birds as the summer progresses. As the egrets come into roost, it's a great time to watch dozens of Black-crowned Night-Herons coming out
from their day roosts.
Rarities this week include a Dickcissel seen from the Bishop Road Observation Platform. A Glossy Ibis is
still being seen along the Wildlife Drive as well as 1-3 Cattle Egrets. Three American White Pelicans were
also seen this week.
White-tailed Deer are very visible along the Wildlife Drive. These animals habituate very quickly to the vehicles. If you drive too fast and don't keep your eyes open, you can miss deer that are less than 50' away because the deer don't move and just watch you go by. A keen eyed visitor was able to watch a
nursing fawn very close to the road this past week.
There are many bald eagles of all ages using the refuge this summer. A group of visitors was especially thrilled to be able to watch an adult swoop down and pluck a fish from the Shiawassee River.
There has been a higher than average abundance of mosquitos along our trails this season. But visitors that know how to prepare for these insects are being rewarded with great birding. Prothonotary Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Vireos, Great Crested Flycatchers, American redstarts, eastern Wood-Pewees, and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are just a few of the breeding birds being found.
Thank you to Joe Soehnel for this terrific picture of the Dickcissel seen at the refuge this week!