DNR Pointe – Harrison Twp

I found myself out of work a little early today, so I headed to the DNR Pointe on South River Rd… There is an area of open water there and there were huge rafts of Ducks and about 30 Tundra Swans…. It was cold (9 degrees) and breezy so I did not spend much time there, but I managed to get some pictures… Canvasbacks, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Redhead and Mallards…. I was also shooting some long distance photos of Gulls that were diving at the ducks…. When I got home and looked at them, I have a photo of a Black-backed Gull…. bill looks more like Greater, but the wingtips look more like Lesser…. In the one shot however,  is what I believe is a 1st Winter Lesser Black-backed Gull with its Dark inner primaries and pale uppertail coverts….

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Goldeneye

Greater Scaup

Greater Scaup

Gulls

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Raft of Ducks

Raft of Ducks

Redhead sleeping in a group of Ruddy Ducks

Redhead sleeping in a group of Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Lk St. Clair Metropark

Took a quick run out to the park today… I was working in Mt. Clemens and figured that I would go to my 100%, money spot for Winter Wren!!   Ahhh Nada…. No wren….  That’s alright, I still enjoyed my walk…. I did manage to see a ton of White-throated Sparrows in a couple of different locations…. Tom Heatley and Barb Baldinger and the Macomb Audubon group were there…. They saw a Bald Eagle fly over and Tom found the Great Horned Owl….

Juvenile White-throated Sparrow

Juvenile White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Cackling Goose – Holland Ponds

I had to be in Rochester this morning by 0830… I figured that I would stop at Holland Ponds at dawn and see the Ring-necked Duck that has been reported in the pond there… Sure enough it was there… also there were about 20 Mallards and a flock of Canada Geese… I looked at the flock and immediately noticed the little guy swimming in the middle… short bill and short necked… half the size of the Geese it was with… Sweet!! A Cackling Goose…  I also had a Belted Kingfisher…. Later in the day after work I managed to see the Pine Siskens at Stoney Creek Nature Center…. there were about 6 in and out of the feeders…. One even posed for me outside near the side of the building….

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin