I was pleasantly surprised when a calling Carolina Wren appeared at the base of a nearby tree. As it foraged I approached slowly and attempted to photograph it w/ the D300 and Better Beamer from about 25 feet.
Almost immediately I was greeted by a Brown Creeper that appeared nearby and began working its way up a tree trunk. As I moved slowly it would fly to another tree and repeat its pattern of working upward along the trunk to a height of about 20 feet then fly to a new tree.
I managed to capture a number of keeper frames as it foraged, and marveled how it blended in with its surroundings.
Reaching the second bridge I found it fenced off, so I backtracked along the canal to the first bridge. I was able to refind the Carolina Wren and capture a few frames as it fed on the ground near a dozen Cardinals. At times it would pause to inspect its surroundings before continuing on.
As I headed back to the car the sun broke through the clouds and shone on a pair of Muscovey Ducks that roosted among several Mallard along the opposite side of the canal. I took a few moments to capture some digiscoped images. Since their release in the park a few years ago their numbers have increased to about 2 dozen. I enjoy seeing them here, but also hope their numbers don't get out of hand.
Heading back north I stopped at Bishop Park in Wyandotte and found the Detroit River iced over. No ducks and no gulls, however! Continuing north to Ecorse I found a few dozen Mute Swans near Mud Island, but only a handfull of Mallard, and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Otherwise, the river was devoid of waterfowl. They all must be south near Lake Erie Metropark and Pt. Mouillee?