A visit to Happy Day Acres in Dalton Township, Michigan with my three sisters, one brother, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law and one great nephew (who is 8 1/2 years old and into birds) was a bonus adventure. We walked a bit south of the property to a wet area I had seen on Bing maps. My great nephew spotted a bird off in the distance and identified it as a Cedar Waxwing! I zoomed in on it with my camera and he was spot on. What a beautiful bird with his tail dipped in yellow paint.
Also near the swampy area we saw...
As we walk through the woods one sister asked about something in a bush. I thought it looked like dried leaves but wait...it had a pattern to it and little feet holding on to a twig! I think this is a Small-eyed Sphinx, two of them!
Small-eyed Sphinx (Paonias myops)
More of what was in the woods at Happy Day Acres.
I found this neat fossil but have yet to identify it.
Earlier that day, Marie and I took a walk near my home to the Grand River, there is a large wet meadow here where so many plants and animals live. A quick walk to the river and we saw three Snapping Turtles laying eggs.
Along the Grand River near Grand Haven here is what we saw...
What a nice visit with family and nature.