Fall day birding

I took part of the day off from work yesterday and headed to Port Huron…. with the winds from the NW, I was hoping for a rarity or two to show up…. I was dissappointed. Sure, there were White-winged Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks, but not much else…. The flock of Bonaparte’s Gulls near the Coast Guard Station ¬†are still there and as hard as I tried to find a Little Gull in the group, there were none… I headed to Lakeside Park and had two Bald Eagles fly over the lake and one landed in the tree behind me… The Resident Merlin was sitting in the tree near the bathrooms. I headed to Wetzel, a good place to view migrating hawks in the fall, but only one resident Red-tailed Hawk seen…. there were a couple of big flocks of American Tree Sparrows and a very friendly Golden-crowned Kinglet that let me get close for some photos… I had one Winter Wren scolding me on the trail and there was a Tundra Swan on the pond with the Mute Swans and a flock of 14 Tundra Swans flew overhead….

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden crowned Kinglet

Tundra Swan

Tundra Swan

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