Thursday, July 7, 2011
Pt. Mouillee SGA - 05 Jul 2011
Overall, birding was a bit slow this afternoon. Highlights included:
Yellow-headed Blackbird (male) - fly-over from Long Pond Unit to Nelson Unit.
Least Bittern - fly-by from Long Pond Unit to Vermet Unit.
The two ibis were in the Long Pond Unit, but flushed farther back when one of dozens of Great Egrets decided to take off. They were severely back-lit by the sun, so photography was out of the question.
Forster's Terns actively feeding in Long Pond and Vermet Units.
Cell 3 is actively being filled w/ dredgings again. May be a good thing, as greening of the mudflats has now reached all the way to the water's edge. Currently there is little shorebird habitat, but hopefully things will improve by August.
American Goldfinches are massing in the sunflower / thistle fields at the south end of the Vermet Unit (Middle Causeway). It is nesting season for them, after all.
Haagerman Rd. was quiet. Heard a couple of Eastern Meadowlarks, and saw a female Bobolink. No Dickcissels heard or seen today.