Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Fall Color Wednesday
A special thanks to Craig Phillips of Allegan for his photo of the brilliant red leaves. How do things look by you?
Manistee County: Color is past peak. There are many leafless trees due to recent wind and storms. There is, however, still color in the area that is worth viewing.
Mason County (Ludington): Color is at its peak this week. Steelheads are running, and the harvest is nearly finished.
Newaygo County (Bitely): The maples are shedding at probably 80%, while the oaks are probably about 25 - 30% shed. Heavy frost will speed up color and falling of leaves.
Mecosta County (Big Rapids): Seventy percent of maples are completely bald. Many oaks have lost their leaves as well.
Muskegon County: Muskegon County is near peak! Tree foliage is roughly 40% yellow, 30% green, 20% orange, 5% red, 4% brown and 1% bare.
Barry County: About a third of the trees have lost their leaves due to recent storms, leaving less color now than a week ago. The trees that are still green are mostly oaks and are just starting to turn various shades of brown.
Eaton County (Bellevue-Olivet): Colors are at or just past peak. Many trees have lost their leaves. Maples are still holding some beautiful orange and yellow colors.
Southwest Van Buren County: The area is on the back side of peak with plenty of color still to see. The maples are holding well to their orange and red colors.
Calhoun County (Bellevue): Color is peaking now and in the next few days, especially with this abundant sunshine. Many trees that were previously showing color have lost their leaves. A couple thousand sandhill cranes can be seen in the area.
Jackson County: Many trees in the area have begun or have lost their leaves. Over 2,000 sandhill cranes were seen flying into the Haehnle Sanctuary with the glowing rays of the setting sun, bathing the marsh, adjacent trees (past prime color), and birds in a spectacular red-orange light.
St. Joseph County: Color is in its final stages with only a few maples remaining. Dry temps and wind have speeded up the "color process." Trees are quickly losing their leaves. Migrant and winter birds are appearing: warblers (yellow-rumped, ovenbird, yellow throat), chipping sparrows and red-wing blackbirds.
The small print: As always, we thank the Michigan Audubon Society for their weekly reports. This report is also available on WMTA.org and by calling the West Michigan Tourist Association Fall Color Hotline at 800-442-2084 x. 304.
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