Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge – Saginaw MI

A new account I have for work is in Bay City… So after work I decided to stop by this refuge and check it out… This is a very cool place and I am not even visiting it during the best time of year… It was hot and muggy but I managed to find the Dickcissels near the parking lot at the beginning of the Auto Wildlife Drive…. I also found a nice looking Ruddy Duck and many Pied-billed Grebes, American coots and Common Galinules… There are Great Egrets everywhere and I found a pair of Sandhill Cranes…. Black Terns, Caspian Terns, Bald Eagles, Black-crowned Night Heron and Wood Ducks were also around… I would like to come back during shorebird migration or when ducks are migrating….

 

White-tailed Deer Buck staring me down as he stood up in the marsh...

White-tailed Deer Buck staring me down as he stood up in the marsh…

Dickcissel

Dickcissel

Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule

Great Egret

Great Egret

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Ruby-throats in the yard…. Construction isn’t scaring them away…

My Hummingbirds keep coming to my yard, even though the construction workers continue to clear the land behind the house for the new subdivision… There are two females and a male…. I only see the male a couple times a week,but the females take turns… one chases the other out of the back yard, but we have a feeder in the front and she will go to that one… I took pictures of one of the females tonight… she is not afraid of us… the other two are… nice lighting tonight and I figured it would show of the green of this nice looking female….  She likes to perch on the dead branches of the tree near the feeder and look out around the yard… she is lots of fun to watch…

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 

Willet – Still at Lk St. Clair Metropark

I went to LSCMP this morning in hopes that the Franklin’s Gull had returned… it had not… So, I took a stroll down to the beach to see if anything new had come in… there were 8 Least Sandpipers and the Willet was still there… I was the only one around and the Willet was actively feeding and not paying much attention to me… It took off at one point when the park employees were shooting fireworks off to scare the gulls off of the beach… but it made a huge circle and came right back in…. I got some more video, but the wind caused a bunch of distortion in the recording… I am going to by some Windjammers by Rycote to place on my camera to cut down on wind noise when video taping….

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Went looking for Franklin’s Gull at LSCMP… Dipped…

I got a call from Mike Mencotti today that he and Jerry Sniderman had found a Franklin’s Gull at LSCMP sitting in the parking lot with a large group of gulls… I headed there but by the time I got there, Mike Dee had reported that cars had stirred up the flock and the Franklin’s Gull did not return…. bummer… It was interesting to see a good number of Caspian Terns hanging out in the parking lot with all the Ring-billed Gulls… Using my Jeep as a blind, I slowly moved closer to them and got some good shots out of the window…

 

Willet – Lake St. Clair Metropark

I got a text from Mike and Doris today that she had found a Willet on the beach at LSCMP…. I headed that way and met them on the beach not to far from the splash zone… The Willet was moving back and forth with a group of gulls and terns…. I love the pattern on the wings when it takes flight… we were joined by Kevin and while we were all looking at the gulls and terns  we noticed that in the middle of the large flock, there was a Common Tern standing by itself… The red in its bill stood out from all the Forster’s terns… its tail was shorter and there was dark feathers on the outside of its primaries… very cool… Nice way to spend the 4th….

In looking thru my photos this morning of the Willet, I came across the flock of gulls and terns and noticed a mixture of Common and Forster’s Terns in one group….

Mixture of Common and Forster's Terns

Mixture of Common and Forster’s Terns

Common Tern

Common Tern

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet

Willet