Pat Gamburd and I drove down to Magee Marsh to check out happenings at the boardwalk.
The usual suspects were found along the drive into the marsh. Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins, and Song Sparrows greeted us as we drove past the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. We heard and saw a singing Brown Thrasher atop a distant tree, but the rain and overcast skies gave us only a silhouette view of the bird. At the opening to the marsh we found a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers working the dike to our right. A few moments later a pair of Swamp Sparrows made a brief appearance, but didn't stick around long enough for any pics. Tree Swallows were actively nesting in the boxes scattered along the dikes, and American Coot were foraging in the shallows.
After finding relief we headed over to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for the auto tour. As we drove into the refuge, the first pond we drove by held a half-dozen Trumpeter Swans and a dozen Dunlin foraging in a small patch of exposed mud in the middle of the pond. It was raining hard, but I needed to pull the scope out to verify a flock of Wilson's Snipe flying into the rear portion of the pond behind some emergent vegetation. I managed to count 8 - 10 birds near a single Greater Yellowlegs.
Another pond held several Dunlin, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, and American Coot. Pat was able to find a Sora and a Wilson's Snipe foraging next to each other at the back edge of the pond. Other ponds held more American Coot, American Wigeon, Gadwall, and Pied-billed Grebes. A few more Lesser Yellowlegs and Wilson's Snipe later, and we were ready to head back to Michigan. We stopped long enough for Pat to get a couple pics of a roosting Bald Eagle near the exit of the auto tour. We also saw a Northern Mockingbird hopping around in the median of Hwy 2 as we headed north toward I-280!