Saturday, January 20, 2018
Finally, the first Pine Siskin of the winter has arrived here at Brownton Abbey. My bird-dar went off and sent me to the back window where I saw what I thought was a pair of House Finches. The male popped bright red in the back bushes while the duller brown bird was presumed to the female. But, when I put the scope on her she turned out to have green-gold wing bars and the tiny siskin-y bill!
Phil Van Daele reported an all-white Snowy Owl just east of Britton, MI in Lenawee Co. yesterday. Since it was too cold for an outside bird trip Robin and I decided to take a drive to look for it. A swing through Willow Run Airport on the way gave us our best looks at a Snowy Owl; it was perched on the fence along the south end service drive. It flew off as we were pulling up behind another photographer who was out photographing it from across the road.
We continued on past the entrance to the airport buildings and found another Snowy Owl perched on the roof of a building just on the other side of the fence. I digiscoped it from 50-70 yards away.
A quick drive to the Detroit River here in Wyandotte failed to relocate the Harlequin Duck from 2 days ago. It appeared to be a one-day wonder. So, I spent a minute or two digiscoping a group of female Common Mergansers resting on the ice at the Silver Shores Catering parking lot.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Scott Jennex reported a Harlequin Duck at Wyandotte Municipal Boat Launch yesterday afternoon. This on the heals of Andy Dettling reporting a pair of Long-tailed Ducks nearby had me out the door at 4 pm. I arrived just as Scott was getting ready to leave. He and Matthew Gasperoni were looking for the male Harlequin that had just moved south of the boat launch.
Out in the middle of the river ~2000 Canvasback / Redhead were crowded into a tight raft in open water near Mud Island. Groups of 20-50 birds were flying past in the low light and afforded a few flight pics.
|Common Merganser, female|
Jan 6, 2018 4:15 PM - 4:50 PM
Comments: Scott Jennex and me.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 1000 mixed flock w/ Redhead. Estimate is conservative
Redhead (Aythya americana) 1000 mixed flock w/ Canvasbacks just in open water of ice-filled Detroit River. Estimate is considered conservative.
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) 1 Male. First reported by Scott Jennex at the Wyandotte Municipal Boat Ramp. Digiscoped video taken of male duck swimming among female mergansers just north of Perry Pl. St.
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 20
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 30
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperborean) 1 All-white gull in flight w/ large bill.
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 8
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