Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Shiawassee County, MI
In midstate farm fields we have herds of small deer out and about in the morning and evening. Single large deer are loitering in corners or not far from hedgerows. Typical patterns after fawns dropped. We had a spate of roadkill a few weeks ago, but I have not seen any fresh kills on the shoulders lately and only one spotted fawn down. Again a typical pattern as matriarchs abandon yearlings to drop fawns.
Took a short, too short, run up to Les Cheneaux early this week where we saw just one deer, a small skinny doe with a long face, in the area east of Cedarville and along M134 from all the way from M 48 to I 75. Normally we would see a couple of dozen. Now, we did not drag a bag of carrots down Forest Lane on Island No. 8 but still..... Only one Sandhill Crane which was spotted from the new observation tower at the Aldo Leopold plaque park. Lake Huron levels are crazy high and there is a lot of debris floating around the channels. 2 inches of water over my dock deck with a SW wind and there isn't any room at the top of the trestle posts to raise it higher.
We did spot 4 osprey fledglings on or near nests from the the old 27 overlook on the Houghton Lake flats.