Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Flight Pattern

It is raining today and not the nicest day to be outside. Winter has taken a rest. When the cold and snow come back, consider this. Bundle up and walk into the Preserve until you reach the gazebo near Tank Creek. The cedars and fir provide nice cover for the birds and we have a birdfeeder there in a small opening. Then watch to steady stream of chickadees flying from every direction to reach the seed. In they come by ones and twos, grabbing a seed and heading back out. If you hit a feeding time, the traffic is non-stop and birds numerous. A few nuthatches and occasional finch will enter the mix. Expect some woodpeckers at the rotting trees in the area. It is a lot of fun.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

winter began overnight

A small amount of snow is on the preserve today. Animal tracks in the powder. A beautiful white in the pines, spruces and fir. A quiet in the air like only that found during the winter. We surely will have a thaw before the full winter force begins but today made known what time of year is near.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hunting and Hiking

A reminder to all that today begins Michigan firearm deer season which continues until the last day of the month. Gahagan Nature Preserve is closed to hunting making its trails a good alternative for hiking. While this lessens the danger, please take precautions for your safety.