Sunday, April 12, 2015
Waterfowl were numerous in all of the interior units of Pt. Mouillee. American Coot by the thousands were in the Humphries Unit while Northern Shovelers were dominating the Long Pond Unit. Ring-necked Ducks were found in the Lautenschlager Unit, and Green-winged Teal by the dozens filled Cell 3 of the Banana Unit. Blue-winged Teal were most numerous along the Mouillee Creek.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Still, a very nice bird for Wyandotte. It would reappear briefly after work before heavy rains returned.
Monday, March 23, 2015
ean Iron has a wonderful writeup identifying subspecies of Common Redpoll. This bird appears to be an Acanthis flammea flamea. Of interest was the amount of white in the rump! A close look reveals a tinge of rosy pink, but in proper lighting one might be inclined to consider a Hoary Redpoll...
Addendum 3/29/2015 - Common Redpoll seen at the feeder again today. First time in a week!
3/30/2015 - Common Redpoll seen again during lunch.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Although signs of spring have emerged for the past week or two (Red-winged Blackbirds, Skunk Cabbage, temps above freezing) winter is slowly loosing its grip on the ponds at Pt. Mouillee SGA. As I rode my bike from the Roberts Road entrance around Cell 1 of the Banana Unit I could see that only patches of the Humphries Unit held open water. Lake Erie was open, but ice shelves up to 3' thick were piled along the shoreline. American Coot, Ring-necked Ducks, and Canvasback were staging in shallows of Lake Erie waiting for the ponds to open.
A portion of Cell 3 had open water and a large group of Ring-billed Gulls sporting their breeding whites were congregating along the shoreline. Check out Paul Poronto's latest post to see what I mean. No white-winged gulls were among them.
As I returned to the car I heard, then saw, a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the SW corner of the Humphries Unit.
In another week or so the ice should be completely gone and the ducks will be packing the inland units of Pt. Mouillee!