Elk Rapids Almanac-January 2020
December 27 - Snowy Owl report. After hiking at Maplehurst today I found this Snowy Owl sitting on a telephone pole on Waring Road. -Gary Stauffer
January 2 - While watching birds at our feeder this afternoon, a Peregrine Falcon came down and landed in the snow with its prey in its claws. It finally flew off with its prize. -Gary Stauffer.
January 3 - We were looking out our window on North Bayshore and saw a beautiful Snowy Owl. He sat on our shoreline for 30 minutes while viewing the sights of the Bay, and then flew away. -Mike and Denise Easley.
January 12 - We spied a beautiful large red fox running alongside the woods across from our house and then it looked straight at us and crossed into our neighbor’s yard. It is so nice to see healthy wildlife in the neighborhood. -Terri Reisig.
January 16 - Two eagles flew overhead just as I opened the shades. Perfect timing for looking out the window! Michigan’s eagle population is healthier than in years past. It’s been reported there are now 800 nesting pairs. -Ellen Baird.
January 17 - The foxes are back. Last year we had a definite surplus of rabbits in town. That may be changing. I was sitting at my desk looking out at the yard just as the sun broke through on the fresh snow. All of a sudden two beautiful adult foxes ran full speed across the area. They were having fun on a gorgeous day. What a great sight! -Tom Baird.
January 20 - While driving just north of Elk Rapids, my friend and I spotted a bobcat! It stood up in front of our car from the side of route 31 and jumped into the woods. It happened so quickly. It was our first sighting of a bobcat. -Intrepid motorists on a snowy day.
Heads Up: GreenER Reads “The Hidden Life of Trees”, by Peter Wohlenben. April 28. Copy available in Elk Rapids district library.
Snowy owl on Waring Road. Photo: Gary Stauffer
Snowy Owl on ground near N. Bayshore. Photo: Mike and Denise Easley