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 Jackson Audubon Society

 The Audubon Society of Jackson County, Michigan

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:00 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)
  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 1:04 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Gary Siegrist provided a tour to a few JAS members who braved a moderately cold morning today.  We had lots of sunshine and no real wind until the end of our walk.  Gary lead the group on a loop walk showing of the new section of trail from the woods into the prairie at the rear of the sanctuary.   

    Birds of note were an immature Bald Eagle and a Brown Creeper.  See eBird posting for more details.

  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020 7:09 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Jackson Audubon Waterloo Christmas Bird Count 2020

    With only a couple of leaders reporting in it looks like some good birds were found but with numbers of birds counted down. Joyce Peterson reported 5000+ cranes Saturday morning with other leaders that have reported in also seeing cranes in their areas. Rough-legged Hawk (2), Merlin, and lots of Bald Eagles were seen and Purple Finch and Pine Siskin filled in some of the winter finches. On the Hoffman Trail where the water flows over the old dike, I found in five minutes Swamp Sparrow (1), Northern Shrike (1), and called in a Virginia Rail. If you go look for the rail, wear knee boots as there is water flowing over the dike from the edge of the woods to the start of the grassland. 

    Gary Siegrist

  • Monday, December 28, 2020 4:59 PM | Steve Jerant (Administrator)

    Sandhill Cranes - Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area - McNeal, AZ

    By Doug Leffler 12/01/2020

    When Sandy and I were in southeast Arizona a couple of weeks ago, we stopped by the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area (WDWA) which is situated a few miles to the southwest of McNeal, Arizona.  Access to WDWA can be reached by taking W, Davis Road west out of McNeal (U.S. Highway 191 runs north and south through McNeal) and taking N. Coffman Road about 2-1/2 miles south to the entrance.

    A trail leads back from the parking area to an overlook where MASSIVE numbers of cranes and other waterfowl can be observed at close range.  Afternoon sun is perfect for photography from the trail overlook, and it's fun watching individuals or groups of birds cavorting around.  There are also a couple of benches along the trail where one can sit and watch for an extended period.

    Attached are a few of my favorite photos from the visit.  I'm also including a shot of a canyon towhee that I took back at the parking lot as were were leaving.  He seemed oblivious to us, while snacking on tidbits on the ground!

    all photos by Doug Leffler

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