Cedar Waxwings feeding Fledglings

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Cedar Waxwings feeding Fledglings

Postby Rick Baetsen » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:58 am

Yesterday, July 03rd, Bonnie and I observed Cedar Waxwings feeding recently fledged young fruit in Juneberry Bushes. Locations were up at Whitefish Point at the Sheldrake Flooding and at the Vermillion Life Saving Station. Both Juneberry and Blueberry fruit have developed very quickly in the heat and sun we have been having and both species now have ripe fruit in the eastern and central Upper Peninsula. We were in the area as Bonnie was conducting her North American Butterfly Association 4th of July butterfly counts. We do counts at both Whitefish Point and Seney/Fox River, starting in 1994. Few bird observations as after mid morning it was pretty hot as with southern winds it was warm even on the shores of Lake Superior. When out at Vermillion Station it was 87F and in Paradise later in the afternoon 95.

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Re: Cedar Waxwings feeding Fledglings

Postby Dale » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:15 pm

Any good finds on the butterfly count Rick? We did not see many Tiger Swallowtails or Monarchs on our trip to the U.P. the week before the 4th. Just wondering!

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Re: Cedar Waxwings feeding Fledglings

Postby Rick Baetsen » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:16 pm

Dale, We had record count numbers for Monarchs on both the Whitefish Point and Seney/Fox River NABA 4th of July butterfly counts. We did Seney today, July 7th. Had a few nice Rose Pogonia, including a double flowered individual out at Vermillion Station, though most were past peak. Very few Grass Pink in the bog out there. Only a very few Canadian Tiger Swallowtails at Whitefish Point and only one at Seney today. As with the other butterfly species, the Tiger Swallowtails had an early flight so we caught the very end of their flight on our counts and thereby very few of them. Those we observed were old and quite tattered. No real special wildlife sightings on either counts this year. We did get to see four Common Loons at Seney Refuge today, two singles, one with a chick about a third grown and one adult with two very young chicks that at times were both riding on the back of the adult. Nice views and some good photos as it was right along one of the roads on a dike on the auto tour. More on that later.

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