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 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

  • Monday, October 18, 2021 9:31 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Well, we doubled our count of cranes from last week to 10.  That said, we are not seeing many cranes in the area during the day in other areas near the Sanctuary.  Families of 2 or 3 and small groups are being observed but no large gatherings yet.  The field crops have not all been harvested, and it has been quite warm. 

    But when the crane counts are low we can watch all the other bird activity from the overlook and the trails.  There were a good variety of other species groups: ducks & water birds-11; sparrows & finches-8; raptors & shrike-8.

     Photo: Ross Green

    This is the second week in a row having seen 5 Northern Harriers.  Our Northern Shrike is back so we are hoping we’ll be seeing him more as things cool down.

    Crane counters:   Ross Green & Steve Jerant
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant

    Crane Count:  10 (18 total observed)
    Species count: 

    50 species

    92 Canada Goose

    50 Wood Duck

    5 Northern Shoveler

    2 Gadwall

    2 American Wigeon

    28 Mallard

    3 American Black Duck

    3 Northern Pintail

    10 Ring-necked Duck

    2 Pied-billed Grebe

    1 Mourning Dove

    11 American Coot

    18 Sandhill Crane -- 10 in marsh

    1 Great Blue Heron

    2 Great Egret

    3 Turkey Vulture

    1 Osprey -- Flying high over

    5 Northern Harrier

    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk

    1 Cooper's Hawk

    3 Bald Eagle

    3 Red-shouldered Hawk

    6 Red-tailed Hawk

    1 Belted Kingfisher

    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker

    1 Downy Woodpecker

    1 Pileated Woodpecker

    1 Northern Flicker

    1 Northern Shrike

    12 Blue Jay

    51 American Crow

    1 Black-capped Chickadee

    1 Tufted Titmouse

    1 White-breasted Nuthatch

    1 Carolina Wren

    16 European Starling

    12 Eastern Bluebird

    47 American Robin

    3 Cedar Waxwing

    1 House Finch

    1 American Goldfinch

    1 Field Sparrow

    7 White-crowned Sparrow

    2 White-throated Sparrow

    8 Song Sparrow

    1 Lincoln's Sparrow

    8 Swamp Sparrow

    1000 Red-winged Blackbird

    1 Rusty Blackbird

    5 Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Number of Taxa: 50

    View this checklist online at

    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data on the Haehnle web site at and

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021 2:03 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Jackson Audubon opposes Sandhill Crane status change to non-protected species in Michigan.

    Join Michigan and Jackson Audubon to maintain Sandhill Crane Status as a Federally-Protected, Non-Game Species.

    From Michigan Audubon:

    Michigan Audubon’s leadership, chapters, members, and supporters have steadily opposed repeated proposals to remove federal protections and hunt the sandhill crane. We believe the majority of Michigan residents would like to continue to see the Sandhill Crane protected as a traditional non-game (migratory) bird species in Michigan, too. We urge you to share your opinions about this issue to ensure more voices are heard.

    Conservation groups like Michigan Audubon have been speaking out against short-sighted, special interest (sport shooting) proposals for several years. “Claims made by proponents of a proposed crane hunt fail to understand key differences and data about migratory population ecology, reproductive biology, and wildlife management from a sustainability perspective,” said Heather Good, Michigan Audubon’s Executive Director. “We ought to reinforce, not remove, federal protections this bird has earned over the last century. It’s time that our state legislative leaders step up to the plate and make better, sounder, more balanced decisions for the sustainable future of Michigan’s rich natural history–for people and wildlife alike.”

    Read the complete Michigan Audubon statement and see how you can contact the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

  • Monday, October 11, 2021 8:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Only 5 cranes were observed and none of them overnighted in the marsh.

    Crane counters:   Ross Green & Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Ross Green
    Submitted by Ross Green

    Crane Count:  0 (5a total observed)
    Species count:  31

    31 species

    Canada Goose 1

    Trumpeter Swan 3

    Wood Duck 37

    Blue-winged Teal 35

    Mallard 2

    Mourning Dove 1

    Sandhill Crane 5

    Great Blue Heron 4

    Great Egret 36

    Northern Harrier 5

    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

    Red-tailed Hawk 1

    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

    Downy Woodpecker 1

    Northern Flicker 1

    Blue Jay 2

    American Crow 3

    Black-capped Chickadee 1

    White-breasted Nuthatch 1

    European Starling 1

    Eastern Bluebird 2

    American Robin 20

    Cedar Waxwing 5

    Field Sparrow 1

    White-crowned Sparrow 3

    White-throated Sparrow 2

    Song Sparrow 8

    Lincoln's Sparrow 1

    Swamp Sparrow 4

    Red-winged Blackbird 320

    Common Yellowthroat 1

    View this checklist online at    

    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data on the Haehnle web site at

  • Monday, October 04, 2021 9:39 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    I think only the ducks had a good day but we were able to do our observations tonight through breaks in the rain. The water in Mud Lake Marsh was high and a visibly larger area was evident than just one week ago.  Changing full and partial sunlight along with dark clouds made for some spectacular views. 

    The largest movement of birds were the wood ducks and the blackbirds, but these were more muted than normal due to the weather.  The great egrets continue to roost for the evening and watching them glide in bright white against a black sky is always a treat for me. 

    There were just a few raptors tonight and for one of them, we could not agree if it was a falcon or an accipiter. 

    Only a single pair of cranes will be roosting tonight. If it was the same pair as last week, we thank them for their patronage.

    Crane counters:   Ross Green, Gary Siegrist & Steve Jerant
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant

    Crane Count:  02 (8 total observed)
    Species count:  30

    30 species (+2 other taxa)

    Canada Goose 19

    Wood Duck 64

    Blue-winged Teal 3

    American Black Duck 1 DNS

    Mourning Dove 5

    Sandhill Crane 8 2

    Great Blue Heron 2

    Great Egret 21

    Northern Harrier 2

    Bald Eagle 1

    hawk sp. 1

    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

    Downy Woodpecker 2

    Blue Jay 10

    American Crow 3

    White-breasted Nuthatch 1

    House Wren 2

    European Starling 2

    Gray Catbird 1

    Eastern Bluebird 8

    American Robin 56

    Cedar Waxwing 12

    House Finch 2

    American Goldfinch 3

    Song Sparrow 4

    Swamp Sparrow 3

    sparrow sp. 4

    Red-winged Blackbird 185

    Common Grackle 1

    Common Yellowthroat 2

    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2

    Indigo Bunting 1

    View this checklist online at   

    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data on the Haehnle web site at

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 11:42 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Half a dozen JAS members joined the watch for raptors at Erie Metropark on Tuesday.  It was a beautiful day with a clear sky, but a few more clouds might have been nice to help locate birds.  We observed 9 raptors including a Peregrine Falcon attempting a lunch break on a Black-bellied Plover.  My list shows 9 Bald Eagles, but the official count from the Detroit River Hawkwatch cited only 1.  We may have been seeing 'local' birds which they do not count at migration.  

    I addition to gulls that normally clog the sky while you are trying to spot raptors, the site has been overrun for the past days with huge numbers of Blue Jays coming over the border from Canada.  I entered 2000 in eBird, but per the official Hawkwatch post on Tuesday, "We totaled thirty-seven thousand, two hundred and fifty-one."  So I guess I was a bit off.

    A few of us took a walk on the trail adjacent to the observation area to see if we could get some smaller birds for our trip.  We got a hummer, a few warblers, and the usual suspects. And we did see one of the most dangerous animals in Michigan-the dreaded Metropark deer. Famously unafraid of humans.

    My eBird list is available HERE 

    Detroit River Hawk Watch
    Brownstown, Michigan, USA
    Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2021
    Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
    Black Vulture 0 0 0
    Turkey Vulture 715 1150 1150
    Osprey 0 17 17
    Bald Eagle 1 27 27
    Northern Harrier 1 125 125
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 92 2074 2074
    Cooper's Hawk 0 5 5
    Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
    Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
    Broad-winged Hawk 931 20064 20064
    Swainson's Hawk 0 0 0
    Red-tailed Hawk 5 42 42
    Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
    Golden Eagle 0 0 0
    American Kestrel 25 519 519
    Merlin 2 20 20
    Peregrine Falcon 4 21 21
    Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
    Unknown Buteo 0 1 1
    Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
    Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
    Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
    Total: 1776 24065 24065

  • Monday, September 27, 2021 9:59 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We kicked off the 2021 season today. The only cranes that were in the marsh were seen when we arrived this afternoon.  Some cranes were spotted coming down just to our north and others were heard to the south. 

    Egrets made a strong showing tonight and all roosted together with our two cranes.  The sparrows were not too plentiful but we had lots of waxwings feasting on black cherries and pokeberry.  Three Northern Harriers were active during most of our time on the overlook.  They moved over most of the area working the marsh as normal but also coming up the emergent marsh as well as soaring higher in the sky.  Our big treat was a Common Gallinule which is a somewhat rare sighting for Haehnle.

    It was a beautiful afternoon with the colors just barely starting to show.  A few groups of Canada Geese came in just after sundown and a single bat, likely a Big Brown, closed out the night observations. 

    Crane counters:   Ross Green, Gary Siegrist & Steve Jerant
    Compiler:  Steve Jerant
    Submitted by Steve Jerant

    Crane Count:  02 (32 total observed)
    Species count:  31


    Canada Goose 22

    Wood Duck 76

    Mallard  1

    Mourning Dove 6

    Common Gallinule 1

    Sandhill Crane 32

    Great Blue Heron 3

    Great Egret 45

    Turkey Vulture 1

    Northern Harrier 3

    Bald Eagle 1

    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

    Downy Woodpecker 1

    Northern Flicker 1

    American Kestrel 1

    falcon sp. 1

    Blue Jay 7

    American Crow 4

    Black-capped Chickadee 1

    White-breasted Nuthatch 1

    House Wren 2

    Carolina Wren 1

    Gray Catbird 1

    American Robin 10

    Cedar Waxwing 10

    American Goldfinch 7

    Field Sparrow 1

    Song Sparrow 1

    Swamp Sparrow 2

    Red-winged Blackbird 250

    Common Yellowthroat 4

    warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 1

    Indigo Bunting 1

    View this checklist online at

    You can view past postings and historical crane counting data on the Haehnle web site at

  • Thursday, September 09, 2021 7:46 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    The Haehnle newsletter has been released for fall 2001.  It is available on the Haehnle website at this LINK.

    Hope to see you at the Sanctuary this fall!

  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021 12:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Eleven JAS members and some guests toured Haehnle on Tuesday lead by Gary Siegrist.  He provided some history of the sanctuary and we got some insight into the wildflowers in bloom. 


    It was hot and there were many mosquitoes.  

    eBird list

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    The weather was perfect today for a walk trough the grassland trails at Watkins Lake.  Our group of 15 started on the east side and walked the trail to the lookout of the wetland to the north. After returning to parking are we continued west to the upland grassland area to walk the red trail loop.

    Highlight species include:

    • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    • Eastern Towhee
    • Bobolink
    • Eastern Meadowlark
    • Scarlet Tanager

    See the trip's eBird checklist  for full species list.

  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:38 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Our spring summer 2021 Newsletter has been published. Articles include backlog due to Covid.  See Gary Siegrist updates on the 2020 CBC & Haehnle, Gary Mason on Lime Lake Fen, Becky's Birding during a pandemic, and more.

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