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2022




                   A BLESSING ON THE GRAVES
(FIRST BLUEBIRD I EVER SAW IN THE RUTH CEMETERY)
GLORIA'S 99th BIRTHDAY - JANUARY 30, 2022

INDIAN DAVE IN THE MINDEN CITY HERALD
      ++TWO ARTICLES BY J.H. MCCOY
(Marker - Bay City-Forestville Road, 
10 miles east of Bay City)
Born in Detroit on January 30, 1923, Gloria grew up in Minden City and lived there all her life.  She married Joseph McCoy, and together they had twelve children, eleven of whom grew into adulthood.  She was selfless and giving -  a blessing and an example to all who knew her.  On her 99th birthday, she lies covered with 
snow - at peace and at rest in the Winter Silence.

            ETERNAL REST GRANT ONTO HER, O LORD

1.  INDIAN DAVE
    DECEMBER 16, 2021
2.  MORE ABOUT INDIAN DAVE
     JANUARY 6, 2022
++ READ BOTH ARTICLES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE HOMEPAGE.
"DEER TALK" / "OVERHEARD" IN HURON COUNTY
"I don't care if deer season IS OVER!  I am not taking any chances!"
"We are spending our last winter together as a family.
   In the spring, we will all go our separate ways."  
"I hate being a one-horner!"
"Can we be on your website?  That IS a camera, isn't it?"
"Where is everybody going?"
JANUARY SNOW AND ICE  ON LAKE HURON
GEESE AND SWANS AT HOME IN THE FRIGID WATERS: CAN YOU LOCATE THE INVASIVE SPECIES?
(WWW.MINDENCITYHERALD.COM)
   SCREECH OWL - RED PHASE - A FIRST 
ALL PREVIOUS OWLS WERE GRAY PHASE
OWL HOUSE FROM THE BLACK CROW IN MINDEN  CITY, MICHIGAN
                                "If you build it, they will come."
KESTREL
SNOWY OWL - FIRST ONE OF THE YEAR
           OMEN?
Seen on Ruth Road in Huron County, January 30, 2022. 
On my way to the cemetery to take a picture of my mother's grave on her 99th birthday!
"SPRING NEWS 2022": PAUSED BECAUSE OF MEDICAL ISSUES. (Enjoy the winter pictures below, and check back later.)
SUBURBAN DEER: HOW MANY? WHEN? WHERE? ***
*** PICTURE MISTAKENLY EDITED IN THE HERALD - FOURTH DEER LEFT OUT!  "Four" answer changed to "three" in the first paragraph, but the number was 
not changed throughout the article.  Printing/editing error.  No correction.   
APRIL 28, 2022


THE FIRST PARAGRAPH SHOULD HAVE READ:

Of the three questions about the photograph, the easiest to answer is the first one - you only have to count to “four.” Nothing about the “When” answer is unusual: March 11, 2022, 6:15 pm. Only the “Where” question generates some interest.
REMEMBERING MONICA
BIRD WATCHER EXTRAORDINAIRE, HEAD OF THE PORT CRESCENT HAWK WATCH, CHAIRMAN OF THE HURON COUNTY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, ENVIRONMENTALIST, CRUSADER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES, EXPERT ON HURON COUNTY BIRDS, MENTOR, AND FRIEND.
MONICA KORNACKI ESSENMACHER
   AUGUST 26, 1952 - APRIL 21, 2022
Monica Essenmacher died in the late afternoon on April 21, 2022.  Her unexpected death shocked the Thumb Area birding community and brought many to tears.  

She succumbed to complications after a heart procedure in Bay Regional Medical Center.  

The day before her death she was at Kinch Road counting hawks and enjoying the spring weather during the annual raptor migration along Lake Huron.  While in the hospital, she was concerned about recruiting volunteers to cover the hawk watch while she recuperated. Her beloved hawks were on her mind to the end.

Monica was a very spiritual person; she believed in the power of nature and the environment.  She had a "spirit animal," the Osprey 
(of course, it was a raptor).  On the day of her death, her friend and fellow birder Darlene Friedman was in Harbor Beach, watching and photographing birds.  

At about 5 p.m., almost the exact time of Monica's passing, Darlene took this picture of an osprey, which flew right over her car.  She 
sent the picture to Monica's daughter in the hospital, unaware of 
her friend's death. Her daughter found a special meaning in the circumstance and photo.  She said it was a comfort to her.  

All who see this picture and knew Monica share in the sentiment.  
The Osprey was Monica's "spirit animal," her totem; and now like 
the Osprey, Monica also "flies free."  
Monica was a mentor and a friend.  However, I did not learn of her passing until April 27th.  A fellow birder gave me that awful news 
as we talked on the phone.  I was shocked, stunned, and saddened.  
I still find it hard to believe that she is gone.

In fact, the morning of the 27th, it had snowed and I sent Monica a picture of my snow-covered deck with the caption: "Michigan, my Michigan."  Little did I know that she would never see it - that she 
was already beyond all earthly care.

Monica Essenmacher was a legend in the Thumb birding community.  Her name will always be associated with hawks and the hawk migration.  Each spring and fall, she will be remembered by those 
who look skyward and follow the raptors on their annual flight across the Thumb.

The hawk migration was on her mind to the end.  She left this world thinking about what she loved most.  

Monica's spirit lives on - in the ever-changing seasons; in the winds that propel hawks and raptors on their migratory journeys; and in 
their freedom and power.   

Look skyward.  Listen for her in the wind.  She is there.     

Rest in peace, Monica.  

Fly free in the unbounded skies.
PHOTO BY DARLENE FRIEDMAN - HARBOR BEACH, APRIL 21, 2022, 5 PM.
WATCHING FOR WARBLERS IN THE "TANGLE"  
WARBLERS SEEN IN THE "TANGLE":
BLUE JAY CLOSE-UP IN THE "TANGLE"
1.  MAGNOLIA WARBLER                  6.  YELLOW WARBLER
2.  PARULA WARBLER                       7.  REDSTART
3.  CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER      8.  NASHVILLE WARBLER
4.  YELLOWTHROAT                           9.  BLACK-THROATED GREEN
5.  WILSON'S WARBLER                   10.  MOURNING WARBLER
WARBLER MIGRATION: IN EARLY MAY, WARBLERS WERE MOVING THROUGH A BRUSHY "TANGLE" BEHIND MY HOUSE. THEY WERE HARD TO SEE IN THE THICK UNDERBRUSH, BUT USING BINOCULARS, I MANAGED TO IDENTIFY SEVERAL.
SPRINGTIME IS ASPARAGUS TIME
ALL ASPARAGUS LOVERS HAVE THEIR FAVORITE PATCHES.
             MOTHER'S DAY AND SPRING SUNSHINE 
 STS. PETER AND PAUL CEMETERY, COUNTY LINE RD.
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY
         ROBERT FROST
THE RURAL LANDSCAPE REFLECTED ON THE TOMBSTONE
MAGNOLIA WARBLER
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
REDSTART (FEMALE)
WHEN I WAS YOUNG, EUELL GIBBONS' BOOK (1962) WAS A CULT CLASSIC.  FOLLOWING HIS LEAD, I PICKED WILD ASPARAGUS ALONG THUMB AREA ROADS.  TODAY, I WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT DOING IT BECAUSE OF HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES, AND OTHER SPRAYS, USED ON FARM FIELDS AND ROADSIDE DITCHES.
THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IS REPRINTED ON THE HOMEPAGE.  READ IT THERE.
NATURE'S FIRST GREEN IS GOLD,
HER HARDEST HUE TO HOLD.
HER EARLY LEAF'S A FLOWER;
BUT ONLY SO AN HOUR.
 THEN LEAF SUBSIDES TO LEAF.
SO DAWN GOES DOWN TO DAY.
SO EDEN SANK TO GRIEF,
+++ WINTER 2021  -   PICTURES AND FEATURES +++
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY.
**(9636 Roberts Rd.  -  HOME)**
THE NEWS SECTION IS CURRENTLY PAUSED DUE TO MEDICAL ISSUES.  CHECK BACK LATER.  IN THE MEANTIME, ENJOY "THE BEST OF"  -  PHOTOS AND FEATURES FROM LAST SPRING AND WINTER.
The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (still or stopped). Due to Earth’s tilted axis, the Sun doesn’t rise and set at the same locations on the horizon each morning and evening; its rise and set positions move northward or southward in the sky as Earth travels around the Sun through the year. Also, the Sun’s track in the sky becomes higher or lower throughout the year. The June solstice is significant because the Sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky at this time, at which point the Sun’s path does not change for a brief period of time.
"Summer's lease hath all too short a date."  Shakespeare
+++ SCROLL DOWN FOR "REMEMBERING MONICA."
4/21/2022 Linwood, Michigan

Monica Kornacki Essenmacher, an ardent naturalist, birder, and teacher, who recorded hundreds of hawk migrations across Michigan, died April 21.  She was 69. Friends knew her simply as "Birdie," and it was clear why.  Over the past four decades, she spent countless hours crisscrossing the Saginaw Valley and Thumb in her Subaru, binoculars in hand, documenting Michigan's native birds as few have.

Monica had a special love for raptors and founded the Port Crescent Hawk Watch, a nonprofit that enabled fellow enthusiasts to track avian migrations across the Thumb.  
She also co-founded the Huron Audubon 
Club, which, in addition to supporting birding, 
sought to protect and improve native habitats 
in Huron County.

 She passed away suddenly due to heart disease April 21.  A memorial service will 
take place in the coming months. 

Monica was born in 1952 in Windsor, Ontario, where her parents resettled after World War II. Her mother, Zofia Marcinkowska, spent five years in a Nazi concentration camp for helping Jews escape Poland.  Her father, Emil Kornacki, was a Polish officer who earned the nation's highest medal of valor while fighting in Italy. 
Her parents gained entry to the United States 
as refugees shortly after Monica was born and built a life here. 

Monica and her younger sister, Elizabeth, grew up on Detroit's east side during the height of Motown.  She became a U.S. citizen in 1965, graduated from Osborn High School, and later earned a teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University.  She spent three decades as a Catholic elementary school teacher in Auburn, Mich., educating several generations of students.  She also directed youth theater in Port Austin for several summers when her daughter and nephew were young.

 Monica's biggest commitment was to her family.  She was a devoted mother to Elise,  
her daughter, who she loved more than anyone; a lifelong best friend to Elizabeth, who she considered her best friend and other half; 
and a second mom to Elizabeth's son, Ian.

 Monica was a lover all animals and had many pets throughout her life-including six dogs, three cats, and countless Guinea pigs and hamsters. 
Monica and Elizabeth, both divorced, moved to Linwood in 2013, turning their 3.5-acre property into a nature sanctuary 
of sorts.  They built bat houses, planted wildflowers, cared for their three rescued hounds - Alice, Annie, and Lucky - and constructed endless gardens around the property.  Before her death, Monica had recently devoted much of her time to spaying, neutering, and re-homing stray cats in Huron County. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mitten Kitten Rescue and the American Bird Conservancy. 

Monica's eyes were always on the sky.  She often said she hoped to become a hawk when her life came to an end, as to see the world from the perspective of the creatures she admired so much. 

We have no doubt she is flying among them.
THE "MORNING STAR" (VENUS) & WANING CRESCENT MOON
      HARBOR BEACH, MICHIGAN - JUNE 25, 2022, 5:10 AM 
SUMMER SUNRISE
JUNE 25, 2022 - 5:53 AM
A SUMMER RITUAL
FIRST MATE DAVID CONNELL, A FORMER STUDENT, GIVES ME A HEADS-UP WHEN HIS SHIP PASSES SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP.
THE HISTORIC VESSEL HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO A SELF-UNLOADING BARGE, PROPELLED BY A TUGBOAT.  ORIGINALLY, SHE WAS THE MARINE ROBIN (1944), A WW II CARGO VESSEL, WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE ALLIED LANDING AT NORMANDY.
the JOSEPH H. THOMPSON SAILS UP AND DOWN LAKE HURON, HAULING STONE.
BLUE WATER BRIDGE, PORT HURON, MICHIGAN
WHITEFISH BAY, UPBOUND ON THE ST. CLAIR RIVER, JULY 18, 2022
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