Sunday, September 18, 2016
Seney WLR, Michigan's UP
I had the Mackinac bridge in my rearview mirror as I headed west on Hwy 2 a scenic byway of the Northwestern shores of Lake Michigan. It was a bit windy and hazy on that Monday. I stopped at many roadside overlooks and took photos..this one had a distant Lighthouse...there are MANY Lighthouses in the Upper Peninsula...this one as I found out is Epoufette.
and a little closer...
I saw some movement in these reeds and pulled over for a closer look..the golden rods were at peak in this area...
But this is what I saw moving in the distance. He was way in the back just beyond the water on the left...
Only one alone....solo traveler like me! I turned and headed up highway 77 north to Seney Wildlife Refuge. There was a Unit up at Whitefish bay and I did walk that section. I spotted a couple red breasted nuthatches, but that was about it...many were out with scopes looking for piping plovers I thought I saw one but the fellow with a scope shot down my theory and said its a killdeer...oh shucks.
I saw more Red Breasted Nuthatches on the boardwalk trail also.
There is so much fresh water up here it amazes me to think we could ever run out of water? Every 5 ft there is a lake or pond or swamp...its amazing! I saw other forest birds on the boardwalk and the trails leading off it...like these guys.
the black capped chickadee
the yellow rumped warbler
the Hermit Thrush
the swamp sparrow
and more red squirrel
they run right in front of you then up to a tree to hide..lol The trail was lined with rose hips I bet it was awesome when these wild roses were blooming..
There is a nice visitors center and they showed us a movie too..
It's surrounded by water on 3 sides, I saw this line of wood ducks..
After the boardwalk hike I did the Marshland Drive its 7 miles in length...and there is water everywhere...
there's over 70 Trumpeter Swans that call these waters home...
the reddish on the neck is caused by the tannin in the water...One of my very favorite birds here was the common loon still in breeding plumage!
there were pied billed grebes and rind necked ducks around too...I am guessing theses are imm. ring necked as I don't see the band on the beak that is normally there.
a Eagle was on the nest while the mate hunted...
so many beautiful landscapes were around every corner...
Once I had finished the marshland drive I continued north on 77 to find camping for the night. I had seen a little dot on the Map for a Forest Service camp not far away...East Fox River. So thats where I ended this day. Got a good spot right close to this small lake...
had a small balcony for fishing and for ma place to sit and relax
there was resident Mallards...
and what's this??? Not one but 2 River Otters!
I enjoyed watching them for a while and then they realized I was there and began to hiss at me...check out this video..
I've been lucky with getting sites with electric lately and wifi has worked. Hope this trend continues as I have a lot to share and it gives me something to do when the sun goes down besides listen to Casey snore.....In real time I'm about 2 weeks behind with the blogging... and I've covered many miles!! AND Im still many miles from home. As of today (9/18) I have about 14-15 days to get my tuckus back home.
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.