Birds: Isabella County, Michigan
Photo Archive

                                                                               Compiled by R.V. Dietrich, Professor Emeritus

                                                                                        Photo consultant, Stan Lilley, Executive Director,
                                                                                                                                                                   Chippewa Watershed Conservancy

(Latest update:  25 February 2015)



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INTRODUCTION

            All of the photographs in this PHOTO ARCHIVE have been taken in Isabella County, Michigan.  Some of the photographs are displayed directly below this introduction.  Others can be seen by clicking the names of the birds on the tabulated lists that follow  the directly displayed images. The directly displayed photographs include birds that are rare or unusal within the county, birds of certain groups (e.g., the ducks, raptors, and sparrows), photographs that seem especially worthy of widespread viewing,  . . ., and a bit of “whimsy."  The photographs that can be seen by clicking the names of the birds listed along the margins of the main archive and those on the tabulated group include birds that are relatively common within the county, additional photographs of some of the birds whose images are in the directly displayed group,  . . ., and a few less than good photographs that serve as records for the presence of relatively rare or unusual birds when they were in the county.  

            It seems noteworthy that the following photographs include the Henslow's Sparrow, which is "Endangered";  the Red-shouldered Hawk, Merlin, Common Gallinule (formerly Moorhen), Yellow-throated warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush, which are "Threatened";  and the American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Wilson's Phalarope, Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel, which are of "Special Concern"  according to the designations on the Michigan Natural Feature Inventory ( April 9, 2009 -- http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/data/specialanimals.cfm  -- web site citation updated February, 2014 ).  Each of these birds is protected under the Endangered Species Act of the State of Michigan (Part 365 of PA 451, 1994 Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act).         
          
           The directly displayed photographs are in the order in which the pictured species appear on the American Ornithologist's Union (A.O.U.) Check-list of North American Birds (7th edition).  Most of these photographs are cropped versions of the originals that were sent to me by the indicated photographers.  None  -- so far as I know -- has been retouched.  Only three of the included photographs -- the two by Myles McNally of the rufous hummingbird and the one that includes the whooping crane by Stan Lilley, which I requested for inclusion in this archive -- were previously published elsewhere. 
(- Unfortunately, when I was soliciting permission from the photographers while preparing this archive for downloading to CONDOR, I found that my presumption about no previous publication to be untrue -- i.e., some of the photographs that were then on this website had been previously published elsewhere.  Had I known that to be the case at the time, those photographs would either have not been included on this website or, if included, would have included citations of the original publications in their captions.  I was/am distraught about this and apologize to the publications involved, my colleagues, and anyone who viewed the Archive with the photographs for which appropriate citations were not given.  In any case, those photographs have been deleted -- i.e., they are not included in the version of this website that is on CONDOR, and they are no longer on this website. -)

This archive will be updated continually.  Those who take photographs of birds within Isabella County are invited to submit them to me for future inclusion on the website.


Additions to this album since 31 July 2013:  
              Main Archive
Creeper, brown;  Flycatcher, great crested;  Gnatcatcher, blue-gray;  Golden-plover, American;  Killdeer;  Orioles,
 Baltimore & orchard;  Owl, snowy (2nd one);  Pintail, northern -- pair;  Redstart, American;  Sandpiper, upland (1st one);  Turkey, wild (females);  Warbler, blackburnian;  Warbler, Cape May;  Warbler, Canada;  Warbler, yellow-rumped;  Waterthrush, northern;

              Tabulated photos
                 (
These photographs are "clickable" from their names on the left margin or below the photos of the same species in the Main Album as well as from their names on the Table.):      Blackbird, red-winged;  Bunting, indigo (male & female);  Cardinal, northern (2);  Chickadee, black-capped;
Grebe, red-necked - ("For the Record" group); Phalarope, Wilson's;  Phoebe, eastern;  Pigeon, rock;  Pipit, American;   Sandpiper, spotted;  Sandpiper, stilt;  Sandpiper, western:  Tiitmouse, tufted;  Waxwing, cedar - composite;
 

 
Snow Goose/blue phase (Chen caerulescens)
(with some Canada geese (
Branta canadensis)

  Nottawa Township: Coldwater Lake
  18 December 2005. (photo © Stan Lilley)
    See additional photographs of these Geese, including a white Snow Goose,
in the tabulated images    photo4



       

Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)
Weidman Pond, Nottawa Township (Section 18)
31 March 2013.
  (photos © Stan Lilley)
        See also photo in tabulated images  photo2 



 
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
(an EARLY brood!)

Sherman Township, home of photographer
26 March 2009.
  (photos © Stan Lilley)

"Goose" in the Grass
[ Not a bird:]


 

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
  Coe Township (Section 18)
  
early Summer 2009.
 
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
[This swan was in an atypical environment --
i.e., in a pasture next to  small, shallow (< 1 foot deep) pond,] 



Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
  Left, Lincoln Township (Section 15),               Right, Sherman Township (Section   )
           north of Pleasant Valley Road.                             1/2 mile west of Weidman           
20 April 2008.                                                      30 April 2006.
 
(photo © Dick Dietrich)                                          
(photo © Stan Lilley)


   
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
          Nottawa Township (Section 19)
        
13 November 2010.
          
(photo © Stan Lilley)  
   
                 

Mallard
(Anas platyrhynchos
)

          Lincoln Township (Section 7)
        
early Spring 2009.
          
(photo © Dick Dietrich) 
[The female, right, is in a position that exhibits the white
bars on either side of the blue speculum of it left wing.]
    

 

Northern Shoveler
(Anas clypeata
)

          Deerfield Township (Section 5)
        
10 April 2010.
          
(photo © Dick Dietrich) 


Northern Pintail, Anas acuta
 
Township, near Vernon Rd. east of Winn Rd.
   10 May 2014  (photo © Stan Lilley)



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Redhead (Aythta americana)
[in lower photo, with pair of Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos)]
Union Township (Section 29):
Pond northwest of intersection of Deerfield and Lincoln roads

6 April 2008. (photos © Dick Dietrich)   

   

     
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Weidman Millpond, Nottawa Township
 
28 March 2010.
(photo © Stan Lilley)




        

Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Broomfield Township (Section 3)
 
Lake Isabella, east of Rolland Road.
 
8 November 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
[ Ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) flying on left]



 
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Sherman Township: Pond near Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
14 April 2008.
(photos © Stan Lilley)

Pheasant, ring-necked

 
Wild Turkey
(Meleagris gallopavo)
Sherman Township, near Lilley residence,
~ 1/2 mile west of Weidman

24 March 2007.

(photo © Stan Lilley)
See the next photograph, which includes three females.

Turkey, wild, Meleagris gallopavo
 
    Fremont Twp. Section 25
    2 April 2009 (photo © Dick Dietrich)

 

See the preceding photograph of a male turkey.
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Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Sherman Township, near Lilley residence,
  ~1/2 mile west of Weidman

24 March 2007.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
**Grebe, red-necked

 
American Bittern (Botaurus
lentiginosus)
Coldwater Township

 29 April 2005.
(photo © Stan Lilley)

 
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  Lincoln Township
(Section 18)
  9 August 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)

         
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  Sherman Township
(Section 13)
  July 2009.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
[This heron, among other things, is known to have eaten
       thirteen-striped ground squirrels and mourning doves. 
This "great" photo, taken through
   a 'scope and the crotch of a tree, seems not in want of a frame.]

See additional photo
in the tabulated images 
photo3


     
Great Egret
(
Ardea alba)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman

23 July 2009
(photo © Stan Lilley)
See also photo
in the tabulated images 
photo3 


 
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Lincoln Township (Section 19)
5 & 6 August 2009
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
See also photo
in the tabulated images 
photo3 



Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
  
Fremont Township (Section 30)
     Pond, east of Johnson Road, ~ 3/4 mile south of Fremont Road.

 11 June 2010.
    (photo © Stan Lilley)
 
    

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
  
Left,  Lincoln Township (Section 28): Pond south of Fremont Road.
   30
August 2009 (photo © Dick Dietrich)
Right,  Sherman Township (Section 4): Pine Hill Hunt Club Property
      4 July 2010 (photo © Stan Lilley)
See also photos in tabulated images 
photo2   photo3   photo4 .
[
photo2  includes the above left side photo and  a  "head up"
view of the same heron.] 
      


         
    
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Sherman Township: Lilley home,1/2 mile west of Weidman

 26 May 2005.
(photo © Stan Lilley)


 

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
Deerfield Township (Section 20)

  3 September 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
[This photo has been given the title
"Silhouettes & Shadows."]




  
     Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
     Lincoln Township (Section 30): Field south of Fremont Road.

  11 April 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
See also photo in Tabulated images  photo2  photo3  photo4


  Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Gilmore Township (Section 16) Field north of Stevenson Lake Road.
9 May 2009.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
See also photo in Tabulated images  photo2  photo3  photo4


        
            
   
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus)
     
Sherman Township, near Lilley residence,
  ~ 1/2 mile west of Weidman
  
16 December 2007.
   
(photo © Stan Lilley)


        


Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)
     
Dziedzic backyard, Mt. Pleasant
8 March 2008
(photo © Ryan Dziedzic)


   
Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Gilmore Township: "Several miles north of Weidman"
9 April 2005
(photo © Stan Lilley)



Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
     Sherman
Township: Near Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
29 March 2011.

(photo © Stan Lilley)

 See also photo in tabulated images 
photo2



       
Broad-winged Hawk
(Buteo platypterus)
        Left,
Sherman Township: Near Lilley home,     
1/2 mile west of Weidman
9 September 2012;

Right, Coldwater Township (Section 29):
                       Along Coleman Road, near Coldwater River
3 May 2009.

(photos © Stan Lilley)




        Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis)
         Left,
Lincoln Township (Section 19)
     29 July 2009
          Right, Denver Township (Section 10)
      13 August 2009.

    (photos © Dick Dietrich)

          See also the photos in the tabulated images
  photo2  photo3 
  Hawk, red-tailed



        
     
Rough-legged Hawk
(Buteo lagopus)
    
Nottawa Township (Section 7)
  7 April 2007.

  (photo © Stan Lilley)

See also
the photo in the tabulated images
  photo2

 



Merlin
(Falco columbarius)
Sherman Township: Near Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
31 August 2004.

(photo © Stan Lilley)




Virginia Rail
(Rallus limicola)

Top, Coldwater Township
 29 April 2005.
(photo © Stan Lilley)



  

Sora
(Porzana carolina)
Sherman Township (Section 3):
Marsh along Rolland Road, north of  Denver Road.

 23 May 2008.
(photo © Stan Lilley)




Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus)
Sherman Township (Section 3)
[This is "for the record."  It was one of a pair that was
in a marsh east of Rolland Road, ~ 1/4 mile north of Denver Road.]
31 May 2009.
(photo © Stan Lilley)



    

Sandhill Crane
(Grus canadensis)
Lincoln Township (Section 32):
Three of large number of migrants, west of Lincoln Road.
  17 March 2009.
(photos © Dick Dietrich)

See also the photos in the tabulated images
  photo2



Left, Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis);  Right, Whooping Crane (Grus americana)
Vernon Township (Section 15):
  23 April 2013.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
       (This photograph was previously published -- see References cited in "Birds: ... Checklists" part of this website.)
See also the photo at the end of the text on the Lists part of this website.


American Golden-plover, Pluvialis dominica
    
Gilmore Township - off Battle Rd., west of Nottawa Rd.
     9 May 2014  (Photo © Stan Lilley)


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Semipalmated Plover
Charadrius semipalmatus)
Lincoln Township (Section 7):  Pond in field East of Meridian Road.
 20 May 2008.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
  See also photographs
in the tabulated images
 
photo2



Killdeer, Cheradrius vociferus
 
   Lincoln Twp. Section 33, (South of Remick Rd.)
    13 June 2009 (photo © Dick Dietrich)


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Yellowlegs, greater

Yellowlegs, lesser



Solitary Sandpiper
(Tringa solitaria)
[Least sandpiper (Caldris minutilla) in background]
Lincoln Township (Section 30): Ponded  farmland south of Fremont Road.
  31 August 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)

See also photo
in the tabulated images
photo2

  
SpottedSandpiper (Actitis maculanus)
Coe Township (Section 18):
west of Summerton Road.
  20 May 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
See also photo in the tabulated image
  **Sandpiper, spotted

Upland Sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda
      Left,  Gilmore Township    WHERE??
     10 May 2014  (Photo © Stan Lilley)

       
Upland Sandpiper
(Bartramia longicauda)
               
Right: Vernon Township: "near Stevenson Lake"
  22 June 2006.
(photo © Ryan Dziedzic)
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**Sandpiper, western

Least Sandpiper, Calidris milnutila                           
      Gilmore Township, Battle Rd., west of Nottawa Rd.
     10 May 2014  (Photo © Stan Lilley)


**Sandpiper, least
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Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Lincoln Township (Section 7):  Pond in field East of Meridian Road.
  19 May 2008.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)


**Sandpiper, stilt

  
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Union Township (Section 29)
  Pond northwest of intersection of
Deerfield and Lincoln roads.
  19 April 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
      

       
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Fremont Township (Section 13), Edmore State Game Area.
Notes:  The adult and chick are at different scales.
   30 April 2011.
(photos © Stan Lilley)




      
Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)
Front to back:
female (foreground), male, immature(?)
 and   semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)
 Lincoln Township (Section 7):  Pond in field East of Meridian Road.
20 May 2008.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
See also photo in the tabulated image **Phalarope, Wilson's





Bonaparte's Gull (Larus philadelphia)
 [members of flock of more than 100]  
Fremont Township (Section 13): Ponded water in field
17 April 2008.
(photos © Dick Dietrich)



Herring Gull
(Larus argentatus)
ShermanTownship:  Pond near Lilley home,
1/2 mile west of Weidman
10 April 2008.
(photos © Stan Lilley)


**Pigeon, rock


Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus)
Sherman Township: Wooded area on Rolland Road,
just north of the intersection with Denver Road.
29 May 2006.
(photo © Stan Lilley)


Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
5 July 2012.
(photo © Stan Lilley)

 

       Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca)
                  Left, Nottawa Township: west of Nottawa Road, north of Rosebush Road. 15 January 2009.
Right, Nottawa Township:  on Zeien Road, south of Weidman Road.  2 April 2014.
(photos © Stan Lilley)
See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2




    

Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Vernon Township (Section 19):  East of Meridian Road.
15 May 2009
(photos © Dick Dietrich)
Lower right, part of the back and top of the owl's head
            as it looked downward to its left, after it flew into the nearby woods. 
          See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2


 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)
Mt. Pleasant, backyard of photographer
left, male 30 August 2009 ; right, female 13 May 2009
(photos © Dick Dietrich)
Cf. this male and female with the next individual.
          See also the photos in the tabulated images  photo2  photo4  photo5





Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)
Sherman Township (Section 33)
[At feeder, 1081 Fairway Drive, Lake Isabella, from 3 October until 21 November, 2012]
   Upper left and lower right photographs © Myles McNally,
Upper right © Hudson Keenan;  Lower left © Stan Lilley
(McNally's photos previously published -- see References cited in "Birds: ... Checklists" part of this website.)


 
Kingfisher, belted

Kingfisher, belted #2


      
 Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocelaphus)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
2 May 2008.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
See also the photos in the tabulated images photo3


 
 Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocelaphus)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
Left, Adult - 17 August 2006;  Right, Immature - 4 August 2006.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
See also the photos in the tabulated images  photo3




 
Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)
Deerfield Township (Section 25):
On property of photographer, east of Meridian Road.
15 January 2011
(photos © Bob Lichtman)
          See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2


 
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
24 August 2009.
(photos © Stan Lilley)
See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2

Pewee, eastern wood

**Phoebe, eastern

Great Crested Flycatcher, Myiarchus crinitus 
        Union Twp.: Chipp-a-water Park, Mt. Pleasant
       17 May 2014  (photo © Karen Green)



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  Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)
Lincoln Township (Section 33)
north of County Line Road.
3 July 2009.

(photos © Dick Dietrich)



 Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
8 February 2011.
(photos © Stan Lilley)



       
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
"Wet but Independent on the 4th of July"
Mt. Pleasant: Back yard, Dietrich residence
  4 July 2005.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
       See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2

 


     
  
Horned Lark
(Eremophila alpestris)

         How about those "horns" --
            Deerfield Township (Section 12): East side of Nottawa Road.
  6 March 2009.
(photo © Dick Dietrich)
           See also the photo in the tabulated images  photo2 

Martin, purple

 

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
  Rolland Township (Section 1):
     4 June 2009.
   (photo © Dick Dietrich)

**Chickadee, black-capped

 
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
Mt. Pleasant
Back yard of photographer
  
  3 June 2009.
   (photo ©
Dick Dietrich)
[ This photograph, which includes the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) on the left, was originally included in the
     tabulated group. It was taken after my wife of more than 60 years passed away
and before the time I began spending
                   much of my time away from our Mt. Pleasant home there -- most places where I no longer saw of these birds.                        
 Consequently, I moved to the main Archive, where I would see the titmouse fairly often. 
The photograph and caption directly below it are as they appeared while included as one of the tabulated entries.]

**Titmouse,



Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
Mt. Pleasant
Millpond, near dam
22 February 2015
(photo © Karen Green)


Nuthatch, red-breasted

 
House Wren
(Troglodytes aedon)

Left, Sherman Township (Section 13)

 15 July 2009,
(photo © Stan Lilley)
      Right, Mt. Pleasant, yard of photographer

      15 June 2009,
(photo © Dick Dietrich)



   
Winter Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
          Gilmore Township (Section 16): ~3/4 mile north of Stephenson Lake Road.
20 April 2008.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
       Photographs of additional wrens are in the following tabulated images.
  photo2  photo3


Wren, sedge

Wren, marsh


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Polioptila caerulea
        Union Twp. (sec.27): Veit's Woods

        17 May 2014  (photo © Karen Green)


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Bluebird, eastern

Robin,nest +




 

        Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
      Gilmore Township: Vogel Farm on Fordyce Road,
      about a half mile north of Vernon Road.
23 June 2006.
(photos © Stan Lilley)




       



Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
  Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
26 April 2008.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
See also next photograph.

   
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)
Sherman Township: Lilley home, 1/2 mile west of Weidman
17 June 2006.
(photo © Stan Lilley) 
Starling, European

**Pipit, American

       

        
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Mt. Pleasant: 1 of ~60 in mixed flock of ~200 waxwings
in fruiting tree south of Finch Hall, CMU campus.
3 February 2008.
(photo © Stan Lilley)
[Cf. preceding photograph to see differences --
e.g., color under their tails.]
See also the photo in the tabulated images photo2.

    
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Lincoln Township (Section 23)
31 July 2009.
[Cf. preceding photograph to see differences --
e.g., color under their tails.]
(photo © Dick Dietrich)