I took a bike ride at Pt. Mouillee this morning, hoping to get a few miles of exercise before the weekend. It was somewhat dark and overcast this day, and cold enough that I wouldn't have to worry about the trails thawing.
I took a ride by the antennae farm just south of the SGA, and found a female Northern Harrier sitting close to the road. It took off and flew toward the car, but veered away so that I was unable to get any photos of it from the driver side.
I then parked at the Mouillee Creek entrance and rode the Middle Causeway toward the Banana Unit. My first Red-winged Blackbirds of the year were singing "konk-la-ree" near the parking lot. Ring-billed Gulls were actively flying along Mouillee Creek, but I was unable to turn up any other type of gull. Mallards and Canada Geese were the majority in the Walpatich Unit, but I managed a few Redhead Ducks and a single Bufflehead.
The Humphries Unit held hundreds of American Coot, at least three Green-winged Teal, and a few more Canada Geese. A half-dozen Mute Swans were roosting on the ice near the SW corner of the Vermet Unit, and another half-dozen Tundra Swans were found near the SE corner. A pair of Bald Eagles were roosting in their typical haunt in the middle of the unit.
Cell 4 was open, and Lesser Scaup, Redhead and American Black Duck busy scattering from the near shoreline. It was not hard to notice that some of the Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls were already sporting their dashing breeding whites - really quite beautiful!