Work day ended early today and I headed to Port Huron… a Little Gull had been reported and I went looking for it… At Lakeside Park I found a huge flock of Bonapartes Gulls with a few Herring and Ring-billed mixed in…. but no Little Gull… I did find a Merlin perched in a tree in the parking lot… There is one seen here in this location every year… I then headed to Wetzel State Park where I bumped into Tom Heatley who was watching for Hawks… I managed to see 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, a flock of Tree Sparrows, 2 Northern Harriers and a Rusty Blackbird….
Snow Geese were still present in Macomb County, east of North Ave and south of 22mi road off of Carnigie Way street…. Moving back and forth between the ponds and the grassy areas…. hanging with a large flock of Canada Geese.
Tom Heatley called me today and left a message that he had found 4 Snow Geese in a field at North Ave and 22 Mi Rd in the unfinished Sub there…. I could not head there when he called, but they were still there at 530pm when I got off of work…. I especially like the Dark Morph Juvenile… Thanks Tom!!!!
This Sunday I am participating in the Big Sit with Tom Heatley and friends at Lk St. Clair Metropark… Basically, we sit in a 17ft cirlcle and record all the birds that we see that day… Last year was my first year and it was fun… So at daybreak I stopped by the park and looked at the area that we are going to be using… as the sun was rising, I see someone up on the hill over looking the Point rosa marsh… its Tom…. I hung out for awhile and it was very active with Sparrows and Palm Warblers everywhere…. We also managed to see Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Dark-eyed Juncos, Marsh and Winter Wren and huge flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds… I had to head off to work, but I look forward to returning on Sunday and hanging out for the whole day….
After I got off of work, I headed to Stony Creek… I figured that there would still be a few birds lingering around since the am… There were not many warblers… a big flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few palms could be found by Mt. Vernon Picnic area… In the mudflats by the stone bridge out to the island, there were half a dozen American Pipits… They were not very close and sitting out in the mud… I waited patiently until they slowly moved close enough for some cropped photos… The lake is very low as they are doing repairs on the dam… Its concentrating the ducks and geese in small areas… Near the North Dam and off of Bay point beach held the most species… Pied-billed Grebes, Mallards, Gadwall and American Wigeon were there today with 9 Sandhill Cranes on the mudflats surrounding the Island…. I ran into a large flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets on the road into Mt. Vernon… probably about 30 of them… There were not many shorebirds around in the afternoon… 3 Lesser Yellowlegs and a few Killdeer were all I saw.