Pointe Mouillee today

I was going to bird Macomb County today, but after Jerry Jourdon posted his sightings from Pointe Mouillee yesterday, I knew I had to change my plans… I made a last minute decision, picked up Kevin Rysiewski and we headed there… We were making our way out to cell 3 when we bumped into Mary Trombley and Scott Jennex heading toward the parking lot.. After a few minutes of speaking with them and getting some tips on where to look for the “rarities” that were there, Kevin and I continued our long walk… we figured we walked 7 miles today. In the Vermet Unit we found 2 Snowy Egrets, 4 White-faced Ibis and 1 Tricolored Heron. In cell 3 there were thousands of shorebirds and we found the previously reported Little Gull, Red-necked Phalarope and a 1000 Dunlin. There were also Black-bellied Plovers, American Golden Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers and 1 Whimbrel.. ┬áThere were Sanderlings as well running along the mud flats. Ruddy Turnstones and Least Sandpipers were along the banks near the Vermet unit and there were some semipalmated Plovers and sandpipers in Cell 3… It was a great day with great birds…

Red-necked Phalarope from  about a 100 yards...

Red-necked Phalarope from about a 100 yards…

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Little Gull and Bonapartes Landing at the same time

Little Gull and Bonapartes Landing at the same time

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull showing M pattern on wings

Little Gull

Little Gull

Osprey best

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

White-faced Ibis

 

Dunlin

Dunlin

mix of Dowitchers, Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

mix of Dowitchers, Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Huge flock of Sandpipers after a Peregrine Falcon buzzed them

Ruddy Turnstone in flight

Ruddy Turnstone in flight

5 thoughts on “Pointe Mouillee today

  1. Nice post and pics. I walked Pointe Mouillee a month ago and saw what I believed to be a Snowy Owl. Could that be right? It was on the west edge of Banana, near the metal trellis and large drainage pipe. Email me and I’ll send you some weak Iphone pics. Can’t wait to get to Mouillee again!

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