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They are work , and once you commit thats it 15 years of love and hate I have a golden now and a cocker spaniel to keep the golden company when i am not there
 
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Wow nice pix and birdwhisperer? How'd you do that?



We live in a rural area in the upper part of Michigan's lower peninsula.
We have birds constantly crashing into the windows. When the bird is
unresponsive or disoriented to the point of not being able to stand,
we will pick the bird up and try to get it to grip one of our fingers.

One can feel the strength coming back into their grip as they come around.
We will try to talk softly to it from behind , slightly from one side and
then the other, paying close attention to the movement of the head. What we
are looking for is movement in both directions from the bird to let us know
the neck is not broke.

All the while, softly stroking the bird with a finger along the grain of the
feather. Head to tail. It sometimes just takes a few minutes, but we have
had them for over a half hour before they finally flew off. It's a great
feeling to see them leave. My wife has done this much more than I but it's
wonderful to see them fly off. I call her the bird whisperer.

More pics of these successful releases after hitting a window.

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Blue Jay


Junco


Mourning Dove


Golden Crowned Kinglet


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Wow, that’s a lot of birds crashing into your windows. I have a few windows they seldom hit, I bought like 5 packs of the ultraviolet leaves clings, aNd now I hardy get any.
 

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I bought like 5 packs of the ultraviolet leaves clings, aNd now I hardy get any.
I used the anti bird strike clings, but most of the windows I can't reach. I wish there was something you could put on the inside of the window that they could see.
 

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I took my annual autumn camping trip recently. It was pretty cold this year. I didn't do as much hiking as I normally do, nor as much photography, but I had a good time. I did do an 8 mile hike on the beach one day, as well as a short hike on the Ice Age Trail a day earlier.

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It's pretty interesting to see how Molash Creek has changed over the last couple of years. You can use the pines as a point of reference.

Here it is in 2018. It was flowing parallel with the beach for a short stretch before flowing into Lake Michigan
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and 2019. High lake water levels changes the creek, and it turned much quicker toward the lake.
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and this year. The creek doesn't even reach the lake. It stops at the beach.
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I took my annual autumn camping trip recently. It was pretty cold this year. I didn't do as much hiking as I normally do, nor as much photography, but I had a good time. I did do an 8 mile hike on the beach one day, as well as a short hike on the Ice Age Trail a day earlier.

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It's pretty interesting to see how Molash Creek has changed over the last couple of years. You can use the pines as a point of reference.

Here it is in 2018. It was flowing parallel with the beach for a short stretch before flowing into Lake Michigan
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and 2019. High lake water levels changes the creek, and it turned much quicker toward the lake.
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and this year. The creek doesn't even reach the lake. It stops at the beach.
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Is that all duck weed on the creek? Cause that would sure be a lot!
 

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Is that all duck weed on the creek? Cause that would sure be a lot!
Yes! Duckweed grows really well in the creek. Usually you wouldn't see it at this part of the creek because there would be a steady flow right out into the lake, but with it backed up, it's all stuck in there.
 
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"Yes! Duckweed grows really well in the creek. Usually you wouldn't see it at this part of the creek because there would be a steady flow right out into the lake, but with it backed up, it's all stuck in there. "

It reminds me of a small creek we have on our side of the pond. Stoney creek. It too has altered it's path to
Lake Michigan, and occasionally gets blocked off from a big blow. Very similar.
Stoney creek is about a half hour north of Muskegon.
 

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"Yes! Duckweed grows really well in the creek. Usually you wouldn't see it at this part of the creek because there would be a steady flow right out into the lake, but with it backed up, it's all stuck in there. "

It reminds me of a small creek we have on our side of the pond. Stoney creek. It too has altered it's path to
Lake Michigan, and occasionally gets blocked off from a big blow. Very similar.
Stoney creek is about a half hour north of Muskegon.
I did a search on google maps. Looks like a neat little creek!
 

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I look out my front window at my pond each morning when I get up and found this guy lurking around. Photo was taken out my window so not too great. He/she was sticking it's head through the gaps but could not reach the water. Finally got frustrated and think it saw me move in the window and it flew off. Ha ha!

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I hiked through Campus Park today, which is a yet-to-be developed park.

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I've always thought this would be a perfect location for a prairie restoration. It's attached to another park that has woodlands, wetlands, and a small prairie restoration, and would've been a huge benefit for wildlife in the area. Instead, the plan is for it to be heavily focused on sports and events. It does appear in that some habitat will be created, which will be really good.

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Just to the north is Smolenski park, which is the evergreen woodland you can see in the second and third photos above. Further to the north of that woodland is the small prairie restoration I've shared a few times this year. This is the first year of restoration after being seeded last winter. I didn't notice many native plants this year, so I'm hoping to see changes next year, though it'll take at least a few years and a few burns to really establish.



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I hiked through Campus Park today, which is a yet-to-be developed park.

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I've always thought this would be a perfect location for a prairie restoration. It's attached to another park that has woodlands, wetlands, and a small prairie restoration, and would've been a huge benefit for wildlife in the area. Instead, the plan is for it to be heavily focused on sports and events. It does appear in that some habitat will be created, which will be really good.

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Just to the north is Smolenski park, which is the evergreen woodland you can see in the second and third photos above. Further to the north of that woodland is the small prairie restoration I've shared a few times this year. This is the first year of restoration after being seeded last winter. I didn't notice many native plants this year, so I'm hoping to see changes next year, though it'll take at least a few years and a few burns to really establish.



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Cant people leave anywhere undeveloped, just because there is an open plot of land does not mean there has to be buildings on it.
 

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I visited an area I haven't been to in years. Last time I was there, the trails were overgrown and tick infested. The group that owns this property and a few others has a habit of not maintaining the trails. I don't mind imperfect trails, but long grass is the worst.
That wasn't a worry this time of year, but the place could definitely use some TLC. Here are a few decent photos I managed to capture. Everything else was a thicket.

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I watched two spike bucks do pretend fighting in the field this am. One has a healed but broken front leg. We saw it months ago, figured by now it had passed, but it is still doing ok. It could not fight the other buck at all, but it was more play than fighting.

Good looking bucks even with the healed leg, it healed with a bend in it, the buck limps.

Earlier, still pretty dark, a beautiful 8 pointer ran through the yard, chasing a doe.
 
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