Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

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  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:56 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Eight JAS members braved the wet morning to visit various Jackson water spots for the annual Early Waterfowl Trip.  We visited Watkins Lake SP, Norvell Lake, Clark Lake, Portage Lake, and Cutler Road.  Of special interest were the five Ross’s geese at Watkins Lake, Common Loon and Red-breasted merganser at Clark Lake, another loon and a Horned grebe at Portage, and a good finish at Cutler Rd. with a pair of Trumpeter swans.


    Complete species list below.

    Common Loon
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Horned Grebe
    Great Blue Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Mute Swan
    Trumpeter Swan
    Canada Goose
    Ross's Goose
    Wood Duck
    Green-winged Teal
    Mallard
    Blue-winged Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Gadwall
    American Wigeon
    Canvasback
    Redhead
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    Common Goldeneye
    Bufflehead
    Hooded Merganser
    Common Merganser
    Red-breased Merganser
    Ruddy Duck
    Bald Eagle
    Red-tailed Hawk
    American Kestrel
    American Coot
    Sandhill Crane
    Killdeer
    Wilson's Snipe
    Rock Pigeon
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Tree Swallow
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Northern Cardinal
    American Tree Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Common Grackle

  • Monday, February 06, 2017 3:10 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Acts of vandalism continue at Haehnle Sanctuary.
    We discovered some vandalism at the Sanctuary this morning:

    • Damage to the car gate
    • Garbage dumped at the overlook
    • Parking lot damage

    We are asking all concerned birders to be on the lookout when you are visiting and please report any damages, suspicious behavior, or ORV usage on the property.

    If activity is in action you can call 911 but do not engage anyone acting unlawfully.

    You can also email to jacksonaudubon@gmail.com.

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 7:50 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    The Winter 2017 edition of the Bird Tracks newsletter is available now.  Access this latest edition as well as past publications in the Newsletters page.

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017 12:00 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Waterloo Recreation Area Christmas Bird Count – 2016 

    As the week before our December 17th count progressed, dire weather predictions made for a very uncertain count day. Amazingly, for the twenty-nine participants that did come out to count on the forty-eighth annual CBC, we enjoyed mild temperatures and mostly dry conditions. Even the hardy souls that got up before daylight and listened for owls had a near perfect morning.

    We had sixty-seven bird species recorded on count day (record is seventy-two set in 2001). This is extremely high considering there was very little open water which typically means low waterfowl species. Some of the notable bird species included the second ever recorded eastern phoebe (one was seen on 1980 count), golden eagle (1), red-shouldered hawk (1), northern shrike (1), rough-legged hawk (6), fox sparrow (3), merlin (1), redheaded woodpecker (3), yellow-bellied sapsucker (3), and swamp sparrow (3). We also had a couple of great count week bird species with both short-eared owl and pied-billed grebe sightings.

    All seven different kinds of woodpeckers that occur in our area in winter made the list including a record nine pileated woodpeckers. Raptors were also well represented this year with ten different species seen. We did record a new high count with red-tailed hawk tallying seventy this year, bettering the old record of sixty-nine in 1989.

    One of the disappointments, continuing a sad trend, was that ruffed grouse and bobwhite quail, two old-time species that we could count on every year. Either species have not been seen in the last few years. We also missed on northern mockingbird, golden-crowned kinglet and yellow-rumped warbler. Winter finches have not made the trek down the state, so no pine siskin or common redpolls. We did find American robins (199) and sandhill cranes (320) in good numbers and picked up single common grackle, gray catbird, and hooded merganser. A couple of other good finds were wood duck (2), brown creeper (3), and Carolina wren (2). A big thanks to all that helped with the count! Save the date for next year’s Christmas Bird Count, which will be December 16th. Mark your calendars now and if anyone who is not already on count contact list or riding in someone’s car for next year’s count and would like to help, please contact Gary Siegrist at gwsiegrist@gmail.com . Finally, I would like to thank Don & Robyn Henise and before them Ron Hoffman for their years of volunteering as compilers for the CBC.

    Download the report and species list HERE.

  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 6:25 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    A Winter Wren, Northern Shrike, and the ice on Mud Lake: we got the hint. This will be our last crane count at Haehnle Sanctuary for this year. 

    Two cranes did land in the marsh and lots were seen moving in the area to the north and north west this afternoon. The Northern Shrike returned again and there were lots of ducks moving about. Some gathered on the ice and some found the last remaining liquid water available in Mud lake Marsh.


    Remember Haehnle remains a vibrant habitat all year long, so come and visit through the winter and into next crane season.






    Crane counters:  Gart Siegrist, Don Henise, Robyn Hensie, Steve Jerant, Ross Green (not shown)


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





    Crane counters: Don Henise, Robyn Henise, RossGreen, and Gary Siegrist

    Compiler: Steve Jerant

    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-2


    Species count-29

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Canada Goose

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Gadwall

    American Wigeon

    Ring-necked Duck

    Hooded Merganser

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Horned Lark

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Winter Wren

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Shrike

    European Starling

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:03 AM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    We again had more people than cranes with 49 customers counted. The moon put on a show with what looked like a cat eye but the clouds moved in and show was over. Mud Lake Marsh was full of waterfowl. 


    First Northern Shrike of the season was seen and we had a flyover from a mature Bald Eagle.


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


    Crane counters:    Don Henise and Gary Siegrist
    Compiler:  Gary Siegrist
    Submitted by Steve Jerant


    Crane Count-0


    Species count-29

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Green-winged Teal

    Mallard

    Northern Pintail

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Wigeon

    Ring-necked Duck

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    Northern Shrike

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

  • Monday, November 07, 2016 8:05 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Count continues to be very low in the Sanctuary marsh.  Actually about as low as you can get as our official count was 0.  Fly-bys were a bit under 200, so that number is pretty low as well.  Cranes are in the area as nearby locations got numbers above 1000 for the US Fish & Wildlife Services count last week. 

    Two Northern Harriers worked the marsh pretty hard this evening, but they were not the only ones snacking as we enjoyed pretzels (from Chelsea Bakery), donuts, muffins, and some Halloween candy.  Near sunset we had 4 Egrets come in for the evening and a single Great Blue Heron, so there were at least a few long legged birds spending the night.

    Winter birds are coming in with American Tree Sparrow, Winter Wren, and Dark-eyed Junco observed on the property tonight.


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


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


    Crane Count-0


    Species count-44

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Pintail

    Northern Shoveler

    Gadwall

    American Wigeon

    Canvasback

    Ring-necked Duck

    Bufflehead

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Ring-billed Gull

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Winter Wren

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European Starling

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    American Tree Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Dark-eyed Junco

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    Purple Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, October 31, 2016 8:56 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Lots of ducks and raptors at the Sanctuary this evening.  Sunday a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks were spotted as well.  Today and this week is the first week of the US Fish & Wildlife Service annual crane count. 


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


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


    Crane Count-8


    Species count-49


    Canada Geese

    Trumpeter Swans

    Wood Duck

    Gadwall

    American Wigeon

    American Black Duck

    Mallard

    Northern Shoveler

    Northern Pintail

    Green-winged Teal

    Ring-necked Duck

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Cooper's Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Rough-legged Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Eastern Screech-Owl

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Carolina Wren

    Winter Wren

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    European Starling

    Cedar Waxwing

    American Tree Sparrow

    Fox Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    Swamp Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    White-crowned Sparrow

    Northern Cardinal

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    Purple Finch

    House Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 11:02 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Visitors outnumbered cranes again this evening with only 4 counted as landing in Mud Lake Marsh.  However, we are seeing lots more local activity with 1282 “FlyBy” cranes observed  from the overlook.  Egrets are still coming in and five raptors were seen.




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


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


    Crane Count-4

    Species count-44

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    Trumpeter Swan

    Canada Goose

    Wood Duck

    American Black Duck

    Northern Pintail

    Gadwall

    American Widgeon

    Ring-necked Duck

    Bald Eagle

    Northern Harrier

    Sharp-shinned Hawk

    Red-shouldered Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    American Coot

    Sandhill Crane

    Killdeer

    Mourning Dove

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Eastern Bluebird

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European Starling

    Northern Cardinal

    American Tree Sparrow

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    White-crowned Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Rusty Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    Purple Finch

    American Goldfinch

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 8:33 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Some fresh, warm apple crisp and hot mulled cider kept us warm for tonight’s crane count.  Well, it was 75⁰ out, so I guess that helped, too.  Anyway, another beautiful night at Haehnle Sanctuary.  The colors were brilliant with the setting sun.  The greens are giving way to the browns as our autumn progresses.


    Cranes were sparse, both for counted and fly-bys (210).  We did get two nice flyovers which delighted our guests gathered at the overlook.  Egrets continue to come into the marsh and a Bald Eagle spotted last week was back on the same perch tonight.

    Waterfowl activity was great.  Lots of movement in and out.  We had 11 species of ducks & geese observed.



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


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


    Crane Count-7


    Species count-40

    Pied-billed Grebe

    Great Blue Heron

    Great Egret

    Turkey Vulture

    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

    Red-tailed Hawk

    Merlin

    Sandhill Crane

    Killdeer

    Belted Kingfisher

    Red-bellied Woodpecker

    Downy Woodpecker

    Hairy Woodpecker

    Northern Flicker

    Blue Jay

    American Crow

    Black-capped Chickadee

    Tufted Titmouse

    Golden-crowned Kinglet

    Ruby-crowned Kinglet

    American Robin

    Cedar Waxwing

    European Starling

    Song Sparrow

    White-throated Sparrow

    Red-winged Blackbird

    Common Grackle

    House Finch

    Purple Finch

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