Tuesday, July 14, 2009

June 16 - RTPI and on to Michigan
Great breakfast at The Oaks and then over to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for a maxi tour with Mark Baldwin. Stupendous tour of artwork, archives, and artifacts. Peterson has some great art from other artists, received as gifts, which was mostly archived. Turns-out that Mark and I have many mutual acquaintances including Liz Gentile, Paul Spitzer, and Bill Burt.

Mark kindly took us over to the airport and after farewells, off we went across Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Nice weather and views of Canada. John gave us a fine landing on our shortest runway (4,000ft). After a bit of a wait for the car, we went to the hotel in Prudenville on Lake Houghton. Very commercial area with many lake houses and pontoon boats. Nice hotel with large, clean, rooms. Very nice owners (Matt and Kathy - Springbrook Inn).

Went to lunch on the lake and then birded the many marshes up the west side of the lake. Many Black Terns cruised the wetlands. Great views of t his stunning tern. Highlights included three Trumpeter Swans, Least Bittern, two Bald Eagles, Northern Parula, Least Flycatcher, and countless Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Hairy Woodpeckers.

Back at the hotel, we had a nice dinner at the Tiki Bar with burgers, fish sandwiches, and more. Very kind locals took care of us and were happy to talk and share wildlife stories and locations. Off for Kirtland's Warbler tomorrow!

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