Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:08 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Michigan Audubon posted this article about the work being done to manage Glossy Buckthorn invasives near the Bogus lake Fen at the Phyllis  Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary.


  • Monday, December 14, 2015 9:45 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We huddled under the kiosk this blustery afternoon to watch the cranes come in to roost at Haehnle Sanctuary.  While only 243 were officially ticked, several thousand were setting down to the north. 


    A solo Trumpeter Swan came into mud lake marsh and flew right above the overlook. Then, when just out of sight, it gave us a few toots in case we weren’t sure if it was a tundra.  While we normally see a Northern Harrier, our spotters saw a group of four:  a mature male (“silver bullet”) and three immatures.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-243

    Species count- 26

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Ring-necked Duck

    Hooded Merganser

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    Cedar Waxwing

    American Tree Sparrow

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, December 07, 2015 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We continued crane counting at Haehnle this afternoon due to the warmer weather. Fog came in and blanketed the northern reaches of Mud Lake Marsh and by about 4:30 the normal landing spots and approaches were no longer visible.  However, nearly all of the 96 cranes counted this evening came in from the south and passed us above the overlook.  


    Several juveniles were heard in the groups.

    Our river otter popped up a few times, but was not nearly as visible as last week. 



    Based on continue warm weather predictions, we will be continue counting next Monday.





    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-96


    Species count- 26

    Great Blue Heron

    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Hooded Merganser

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Cardinal

    American Tree Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    House Finch

  • Monday, November 30, 2015 7:51 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Most of Mud Lake Marsh was iced over today so we saw little crane activity.  The cranes that did come in settled on the eastern portion of the marsh.  While only 95 cranes were counted, we still managed to have three ‘fly overs” which is always a treat.


    The river otters were active in water closest to the overlook. For over an hour we were able to see two individuals moving in and out of an ice hole and walking on the ice.  With our scopes we could watch them eat the fish that they caught. 


    Unless we see significant crane activity in the area and we lose our ice in the coming week, this will likely be the last crane count posting for the year.  Haehnle Sanctuary is open all year and there are lots of birding opportunities throughout the winter.  The nature trails are open for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and of course, walking.  The parking lot will be plowed, so parking will be available even with an accumulation of snow.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.



    Crane counters, above:   Don Henise, Gary Siegrist, Robyn Henise, and Ross Green, 


    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-95


    Species count- 19

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Hooded Merganser

    Northern Harrier

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    American Tree Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    American Goldfinch


  • Monday, November 16, 2015 7:43 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    This week should have been our annual peak but we only counted 1,839 cranes today.  They are coming in during the last hour before sunset and are in large groups.  We are seeing more cranes settling in the eastern portions of Mud Lake Marsh but very few actually coming in from the east. 

    Over sixty visitors were on hand to witness groups of cranes flying directly above the overlook.  An immature Coopers Hawk joined us on the overlook and perched for a while before setting off for a passerine snack.  The mercury was in the sixties and although no bats were seen a few mosquitoes were still with us.  A dozen Autumn Meadowhawk dragonflies were seen. 


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-1839


    Species count- 38

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Hooded Merganser

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Cardinal

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, November 09, 2015 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    While both visitor and crane counts were down tonight we were treated to river otters frolicking in Mud Lake Marsh.  Three were active in the 3 o’clock hour but later, when more visitors were here, one of the otters was seen swimming about. 

    A half a dozen Eastern Bluebirds were very active in the meadow, checking out the nest boxes below the overlook.  Their color looked great and reminded us that spring is just 5 short months away.


    The cranes came in fast and in large groups with several coming in close to the overlook.  The numbers dwindled as the night grew near and a Great Horned owl reminded us it was time to pack it up and head home for the evening. 


    Tonight’s count of 1450 will be used for one of the official counts submitted to the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the 2015 Sandhill Crane survey.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-1450


    Species count- 44

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Mute Swan

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Wilson's Snipe

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Great Horned Owl

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Red-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    Northern Cardinal

    American Tree Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    Purple Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, November 02, 2015 7:40 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Over sixty visitors were on hand for the view tonight.  Our weather was fair and we had good lighting for scopes & cameras.  There was a great final flyover between sunset & dusk of about 15 cranes which included a juvenile with its distinctive squeak sound. 


    We had a slow start and a late finish tonight.  Cranes continue to come in for their nightly roost although we had nearly 500 “fly bys” to seek another location.  At 1615, the count was lower than last week, but our historical peak week is still two weeks away.  They continued to come in past dusk and several hundred  were counted in low light.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-1615


    Species count- 40

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Turkey Vulture

    Mute Swan

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Pintail

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Ring-necked Duck

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Wilson's Snipe

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Carolina Wren

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    American Tree Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch


  • Monday, October 26, 2015 8:40 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Ninety visitors joined us for a great night of crane viewing.  We counted over twenty five hundred cranes this evening.  The lead up was a bit sluggish, but starting about 6:30 large groups started coming in.  The full moon rose to the northeast and was a great backdrop for some of the crane groups flying by.  


    The species count was also very good.  In the 4 o’clock hour we were visited by a Golden Eagle.  Later, a Northern Shrike perched for us and many visitors were able to view this passerine hunter in one of the scopes.


    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data at http://www.haehnlesanctuary.org/cranecount.html.


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, Ross Green, and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-2516


    Species count- 47

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Mute Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Ring-necked Duck

    Bald Eagle

    Golden Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Yellowlegs species

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Golden-crowned Kinglet

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Shrike

    European starling

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    American Tree Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    American Goldfinch


  • Monday, October 12, 2015 9:19 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    This is looking to be a very good year for crane viewing.  Crane numbers continue to rise this season and we spotted 555 cranes coming in to roost at Haehnle Sanctuary tonight.  Visitors were treated to about a dozen groups of cranes flying directly above the Harold Wing overlook.  They were close enough for us to hear the call of some juveniles.  The colors were good, but muted due to the cloudy sky.  We did have about 30 minutes of direct sunlight and later the low sun lit the tops of the clouds with pinks and purples. 


    In the 6 o’clock hour we had two separate steams of thousands of blackbirds coming in from the east and passing in front of us and reaching all the way across the marsh to the west. The first stream was well over a mile long.  They traveled to a location where we normally see a lot of blackbird activity.  But tonight the sky was boiling with activity. We continue to get Great Egrets coming in to roost. 


    This Saturday we will be having our annual Cranes, Colors, & Cabernet Festival at Haehnle Sanctuary starting at 1200.  And we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Sanctuary.  Come out and joins us!


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, and Garg Siegrist

    Compiler:  Steve Jerant

    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-555


    Species count-37

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Double-crested Cormorant

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Ring-necked Duck

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Greater Yellowlegs

    Wilson's Snipe

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Rufous-sided Towhee

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

  • Monday, October 05, 2015 9:11 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    162 Sandhill Cranes came to roost for the night in the Haehnle Sanctuary. There were 29 cranes that flew past looking for some where to spend the night. 


    Crane counters:    Robyn Henise, Don Henise, and Garg Siegrist

    Submitted by Robyn Henise


    Crane Count-162


    Species count-45

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Green-winged Teal

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Pintail

    Blue-winged Teal

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Greater Yellowlegs

    Ring-billed Gull

    Mourning Dove

    Great Horned Owl

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Pileated Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Ruby-crowned Kinglet

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Gray Catbird

    Cedar Waxwing

    European starling

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Common Yellowthroat

    Field Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Swamp Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    American Goldfinch

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