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Rosy-Maple Moth

rosy maple moth

rosy maple moth

This is a picture of the rosy-maple moth that I took one year. It is a very unusual looking moth to say the least, and I just found it sleeping during the day.

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Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly

The Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly is brown with black spots.

The Northern Pearly Eye Butterfly sits on a chair

 

This butterfly is called the Northern Pearly Eye and it is a common butterfly in northern Michigan this time of year. It is brown with black spots, and can easily be confused with other small spotted butterflies. The Northern Pearly Eye is a bit larger than most, and often has an erratic flight high in the air. Consult a butterfly guidebook in order to tell all the different species apart.

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American Toad in Grass

American Toad in Yard

American Toad in Yard

I’m re-posting this photo of an American Toad in the yard. It was just hiding in the grass and didn’t mind that I took a photo of it. This is the dark green color phase, the other color phase is dark brown.

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Spring Lake Thaw

Foggy Spring Lake

Foggy Spring Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

This is a spring and winter view of the same lake in Michigan. This time of year the lake is starting to thaw, and the different types of birds will soon be back. The little specks in the distance in the top photo are actually ducks.

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Winter Scenes part 2

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

I am re-posting some scenes of an ice covered lake in Michigan.

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Winter Scenes

Leaves Frozen in Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

New ice forming

New ice forming

 

I am re-posting some photos from the last couple of years. This is lake in northern Michigan. In the first photo, the ice formed early, trapping the fall leaves. In the second photo, the ice is just starting to cover the lake.

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Painted Turtle

painted turtle, michigan's state reptiel

A Painted Turtle, Michigan’s state reptile

I took this photo of a Painted Turtle several years ago in Traverse City. It is the state reptile of Michigan. A lot of people don’t know that in addition to a state bird, there is also a state reptile. This is one of the most common turtles throughout Michigan. This photo was taken near a small pond, as turtles need to spend time around water.

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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

This is a picture I took a few years ago of a Leopard Frog on Big Bear Lake in Michigan. This is only the second time I have seen this frog. It was just sunning itself by the lake as I was walking by, and I just happened to see it. It is quite a striking frog, but I think the spots  probably work well as camouflage.

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Spring Wildlife Sightings

Spring Wildlife Sightings

4/9/16

Recently four female deer walked through our yard and into the woods. It was nice to see them after the winter. I also have been seeing a group of about fifteen wild turkeys. Even when it was snowing, they were there walking through the snow. Also, there was a male wild turkey in the woods that was making the gobble, gobble noise at dawn and dusk, like a rooster. I think that it was doing this to mark its territory. We have recently gotten several inches of snow, so it does not quite look like spring yet.

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Beautiful Day on Lake

Little Wolf Lake, Michigan

Little Wolf Lake, Michigan

This is a photo I took some years ago of a lake in Michigan.  It was a beautiful sunny day, with just a few clouds in the sky.  There is a small campground by the lake, and there are often ducks and geese as well.

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Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

This is a Mallard Duck on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI.  It was a calm and peaceful day in the early evening, and I just saw this duck sitting in the water, and thought it would make a good picture.

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Hairy Woodpecker Pecking on Tree

Hairy Woodpecker pecking on tree

Hairy Woodpecker pecking on tree

This is a picture I took a few years ago of a hairy woodpecker pecking on a tree in Michigan.  They like to get the insects from under the bark.  You can see some of these pieces of bark on the snow.  They are delightful birds that will make a sharp “Peeeek!” sound if they are startled.  They are similar in markings to the Downy Woodpecker, but they are larger.

 

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Leaves Frozen in Icy Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

This is a picture of leaves frozen in the ice of an inland lake in Michigan.  It is the same lake in the photo Pine Tree by Frozen Lake .  I think its really interesting the way the leaves got stuck in the ice like this, I’ve never quite seen it this way before, but we had an early freeze last year.

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Pine Tree by Frozen Lake

pine tree by frozen inland lake

Pine tree by frozen inland lake

This is a photo of a mostly frozen inland lake in Michigan.  There is a white pine tree overlooking the lake.  This photo was taken last year, as we are having rather warm temperatures this year.

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Autumn Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

This is a photo I took last year in Michigan of an Eastern Chipmunk in a Rhododendron bush.  They gather many seeds, nuts and fruit in preparation for their winter sleep.  It is not a real hibernation though, because they wake up periodically to eat from their store of food.  They do have a somewhat lower body temperature when they sleep, however.  There are many different regional chipmunks in different areas across the country.  It can be rather hard to tell them apart.  I reviewed a guidebook last year, The Audubon Guide to Mammals, that has a section that covers different kinds of chipmunks.

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Book Review: Reptiles and Amphibians of Michigan

Book Review: Reptiles and Amphibians of Michigan

11/6/15

This is a field guide to the many reptiles and amphibians of Michigan.  The pictures are really beautiful, and the version I have also comes with a CD of frog and toad songs that you can use to aid your identification.  There are different chapters for turtles, snakes, lizards, salamanders, and frogs and toads.  There are also interesting introductions to all of these animals, showing how they are an integral part of the ecosystem.  All in all, I found this to be quite an informative book, one that would even be useful to people outside of Michigan, since a lot of these animals appear in other states as well.  I learned about quite a few animals I had never heard of before.  At first it might appear that Michigan is not the best environment for these animals, since they are cold-blooded, but they all hibernate for the winter (which is detailed in the book), so it works out fine.  Some of these animals have unusual names, such as the   Queen Snake and the Eastern Hognose Snake.  Others have an unusual appearance, such as the Blue-spotted Salamander and the Northern Leopard Frog.  Also of interest is that the Painted Turtle is the Michigan State Reptile.

 

Reference:  Reptiles and Amphibians of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications, Inc., Cambridge MA: 2004

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Black Squirrel with White Tail

White-Tailed Squirrel on Spruce

White-Tailed Squirrel on Spruce

This is a photo I took of a black squirrel with an unusual white tail.  There were two squirrels like this that were coming around for over a year, but I don’t see them anymore.  By the way, the black squirrel is really a variation of the gray squirrel, but is often found farther north.

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Toad in the Grass

American Toad in Yard

American Toad in Yard

This is a photo of an American Toad hiding in the grass in the yard.  It is a very large toad, and darker in color.  Their color can range from brown to dark green, depending on the temperature.  They can live for several years.  There is another toad that is less common, called the Fowler’s Toad.

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Toad in Flower Pot

toad in flower pot

toad in flower pot

This is a photo of a toad that decided to make it’s home in a small flower pot.  It is in the flower pot at left, and it came back to the same flower pot for many days.

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White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer fawns

White-tailed deer fawns

 

These were photos that I took  few years ago of a white-tailed female deer and her fawns.  The pictures are a bit blurry  because the deer were moving at the time.

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