Tag Archive | Migration

Snow on a Hill


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This Snowy Owl was resting on a hillside as I photographed it in Muskegon County, Michigan. Although I took this photo in a previous winter, there have been widespread reports of many Snowy Owls making their way south this year.


My Eye on You


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This winter there has been a larger number of migrating Snowy Owls moving south compared to most years. I haven’t had the time to search very much lately, but looking through my files I found this photo I took from a previous migration in Michigan. The sun was low in the sky giving the owl a golden tinged appearance. I liked the way it had its eye on me, watching as I took the photo.

A Rare Sight


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’ve been told the Red Phalarope, a small shorebird, is rarely seen in SouthWest Michigan. I was happy to see this one today in Muskegon County, Michigan as I ventured out on a grey and windy Autumn morning. True to its nature, it was wading along the shoreline feeding and didn’t seem to be a bit bothered by me as I photographed it. I captured this moment as it stretched its wings before going back to its methodical feeding along the shore.


Upland Sandpiper


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Upland Sandpiper in a large Southwest Michigan grassy field yesterday. It wasn’t too surprising to find it there since the habitat for this type of Sandpiper consists of tall grass. Normally spending up to 8 months of the year in South America, they come north to breed during the summer in such areas before they return south.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet


Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Ruby Crowned Kinglet today as it was guarding its territory, driving off any other birds that approached within a few yards. It didn’t seem to be bothered by my presence as I photographed the colorful bird from a bridge overlooking a stream in Holland, Michigan.

Freedom of Flight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As a photographer who has taken many thousands of photos over the past few years, it can be easy to forget some of the images I’ve had the pleasure to capture. It can be fun looking through archived files when you run across a photo like this one. I photographed this Sandhill Crane as it flew early in the morning about two years ago near the peak of the annual bird migration in Northern Indiana.

Snow in Spring… Snowy Owl

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

It was a great surprise to find a Snowy Owl still around this Spring in West Michigan today. It looked like his claws were ready for hunting, although with the snow gone, he might stand out a bit more than normal with his white feathers.

Canadian Geese in Flight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I caught a flock of Canadian Geese in mid-flight yesterday over Muskegon County, Michigan. The area has been enjoying much warmer temperatures and more sunshine than the norm for this time of year.

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Birds of a Feather…

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

A group of Sandhill Cranes shown displaying their 7 foot wing spans as they took flight yesterday at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana. The area is known for the thousands of Sandhill Cranes that stop there each Autumn from mid-October through November.

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