I found a few swaths being cut into the Lautenschlager Unit and some heavy equipment, but no evidence of construction along the Middle Causeway. I rode out to the pump house and found the Walpatich Unit devoid of water. The American Lotus were in full bloom in Mouillee Creek at this location.
|Least Sandpiper (top and bottom)|
I arrived at Cell 3 and found Mary Trembley scanning the burnt area of the Humphries Unit. A 'possible' Ruff was seen - dark, chickenlike bird w/ heavy scallops on the back flushed before she could get a good look at it. We spent some time scouring the expanse, but failed to relocate it.
Flocks of Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpipers and Sanderlings flew in feed in the middle of Cell 3, but quickly flew off before I could get any digiscoping. We therefore returned to the NW corner of Cell 3 to look for the Ruff again. While scanning the burn we were joined by Pat and Will Weber. They continued on to the east side of Cell 3 while we continued looking for the Ruff (no luck). A few minutes later we were greeted by Cherise Charron, who came all the way from Ontario to look for the White Ibis.
The three of us then walked back to the Middle Causeway where the ibis had been spotted. We managed to get the scope on the ibis for several minutes before it suddenly flushed and took off for the south end of the Humphries Unit. We then met up w/ Charles Owens, Greg Perez, and Johanna Mae Lentz, all part of the Lenawee Co. Group.
With Charles, Greg and Johanna heading off toward Cell 3 Mary and I headed back toward the North Causeway. We stopped long enough to see some Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Stilt Sandpipers along the west shoreline of the Vermet Unit. I then headed back to the car, while Mary headed back around the Vermet. Will and Patrick were at the parking lot where I learned that they had seen a Whimbrel in the SE corner of the Vermet Unit.
A great morning birding w/ great people!