Monday, May 2, 2011
Pt. Mouillee SGA - 01 May 2011
It started drizzling again, so I took a ride up Hagermann Rd. to look for Bobolinks. Horned Larks were actively performing aerial displays and calling from all parts of the field on either side of the road. A pair of Northern Harriers were working the corn field to my left, but drifted off to the north as I approached.
The dikes were muddy and soft, so biking was tough. I walked the bike from the North Causeway, along the west end of the Long Pond to the Middle Causeway. Best birds along the way were a pair of Common Moorhen, Northern Shovelers, and a flock of 2-dozen Green-winged Teal.
I scanned the south end of the Vermet Unit for the White Wagtail, but only found a Greater Yellowlegs, a few Killdeer and a Horned Lark. The Banana Unit was active with Red-breasted Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Herring Gulls, and Redhead Ducks. I spent a bit of time at Cell 3 scanning the mud flats for the wagtail, but came up empty. Hopefully the bird has moved on to better habitats. The highlight of Cell 3 was counting over 700 Dunlin huddling along the water's edge. I was unable to find any other shorebirds.
Sufficiently covered in mud I returned to the car and headed home.