I tried digiscoping the birds from about 250' away through the fence surrounding the lagoon, but they were severely side-lit. I walked around to the south end of the lagoon where I could see the birds if I stood on tip-toes, but they were too far away to photograph, so I settled for the images I took from Sims Hwy, which separated the two lagoons.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Trapper's Run Trail behind the Marshland Museum. Very quiet, except for the occasional Carolina Wren and several nice deer (including a 12-point buck). I then headed across the road to walk the Cherry Island Trail down toward the Boat Launch and Detroit River Hawkwatch site. As I turned onto the trail from the bike path a Great Horned Owl suddenly launched itself from the tree just to my right and flew across the water to the trees about 200' away. I managed a short digiscoped video of it before it flew off again using the scope at full magnification (~6075 mm). American Coot and Bufflehead numbers are starting to increase along the Lake Erie shoreline.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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I took a quick run down to Pt. Mouillee late yesterday afternoon while skies were still clear. Campau Rd. was quiet except for a lone 1st winter Ring-billed Gull and 3rd winter Herring Gull. A pair of Pied-billed Grebes were far out in the river next to the North Causeway of Pt. Mouillee. A flock of 36 Dunlin flew over the road as I was pulling into Riverside Park at the mouth of the Huron River in s. Wayne Co. The birds landed in the large pond just north of Harbin Rd. and foraged among 3 dozen Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls. A 1st year Bald Eagle crossed the river heading north and provided only a long-distance photo. Roberts Rd. was quiet, but an adult Coyote appeared in the field west of Turnpike Rd. for a few moments before running off for cover. A single Horned Lark was all that visible on Haggerman Rd.
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Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, US-MI
Nov 12, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Comments: Campau Rd, Riverside Park, Roberts Rd, Haggerman Rd.; Highlight was a Coyote running across Turnpike Rd. into open field.
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 1 1st year bird
Dunlin 36 In the pond across from Riverside Park among 3 dozen RBGU and Bonaparte's Gulls
Bonaparte's Gull 12
Ring-billed Gull 24
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Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday brought gusting winds to SE Michigan, so I spent the day pushing leaves around the back yard, mostly to clear some ground for foraging sparrows. I was rewarded w/ three Dark-eyed Juncos! Robin and I then drove over to Pt. Mouillee HQ. A flock of 200+ Red-winged Blackbirds included several dozen Rusty Blackbirds. Too far to photograph, though.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
We walked down to the outfall of the power plant and saw a hundred Bonaparte's Gulls, but no unusual gulls.
I then headed Pt. Mouillee, where I found a pair of Red-tailed Hawks and a pair of American Kestrels, but none cooperative enough for photos. A Lesser Yellowlegs was foraging in Mouillee Creek, but I didn't stop to digiscope it.
Robin and I would return to LEMP later in the afternoon for a walk, but things had slowed. As we drove back to Wyandotte we spotted an American Kestrel dive-bombing a Cooper's Hawk atop a light pole across the street from the Yak Arena. By the time I could get in position w/ the scope the hawk decided to fly off. Too slow again.