This afternoon the skies were clear, winds were relatively mild, and 80ºF, so I grabbed the bike and headed down to Pt. Mouillee for a ride, and hopefully some digiscoping opportunities. Arriving at the Mouillee Creek entrance at 5:30 pm I rode the Middle Causeway looking for birds.
I rode over to Cell 3 where I found a flock of mostly Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Among them were a pair of Great Black-backed Gulls and a single Bonaparte's Gull (still in basic plumage). As I returned toward the Middle Causeway, however, I spotted over 200 Bonaparte's Gulls feeding at the mouth of the Banana Unit where it opens between Cells 4 and 5. They were moving quickly south, but keeping low over the water like a flock of storm petrels. Neat!
As the sun was beginning to set I scoped a large raft of ducks out in the Vermet Unit. Of the 200 or so ducks most were American Coot. However, there were a good 2 dozen American Wigeon, and another dozen Gadwall, Redhead, and Ring-necked Ducks among them. Though I searched I could not find the Eurasian Wigeon reported earlier by Walt Pawlowski.
I returned to the car and took a quick drive down Haagerman Rd. where I spotted several Horned Larks and heard several Eastern Meadowlarks singing in the fenced-in antennae farm. I decided then that tomorrow evening might be a good time to head to Oakwoods Metropark and try to digiscope the meadowlarks that had already returned there...