As I rode the North Causeway from Siegler Rd. this morning at 7 am I looked for the Whimbrel that Andrew Sturgess reported yesterday. I did not see it. I then looked for other shorebirds, like Wilson's Snipe, or Black-bellied Plovers. I did not see them, either. A single Lesser Yellowlegs was the only shorebird seen along the Huron River shoreline before I reached the west end of the Vermet Unit.
|drake Wood Duck and female Blue-winged Teal|
Riding the Banana Unit northward along the east side of the Vermet Unit yielded only a few shorebirds, including a single Baird's Sandpiper that was foraging among Least Sandpipers and a Pectoral Sandpiper. Darn Killdeers tended to flush everything ahead of me as I walked the bike.
I caught up with the OAS group, and talked briefly with Jim Fowler, Tex Wells, Ray Stocking, Bob and Judy Setzer, Joan Tisdale, and a few others, before trying to get some digiscoped images of the Peregrine.
These leg bands ID'd her as a 2012 female juvie who was born on May 1 at the BP Plant in Whiting Lake County, Indiana; she was banded on May 21. Her father is Hughes, banded black/green E/09, from the Midwest Generation nest, Waukegan, Cook County, Illinois. Her mother is Nancy, banded black/green 5/*4, born in 2002 at the Midwest Generation nest, Waukegan, Cook County, Illinois. Thanks to Mark Wloch and Steve Forstner for the link to the Midwest Peregrine Database.