Monday, December 10, 2012
Dull and Dreary - 09 Dec 2012
Six Bald Eagles were fighting the wind along the Lake Erie shoreline, but were too far to photograph. Otherwise, only a scant Tree Sparrow was seen.
From there I drove up to Pt. Mouillee SGA, heading down Reaume Rd. to Roberts Rd. No raptors, and only a couple of Tree Sparrows.
Out on the mudflats in the open water off of Harbin Dr. I spotted 6 Killdeer still hanging around.
Campau Rd. was empty, as was the parking lot and boat launch area. I had to struggle to see any gulls flying around. A lone Pied-billed Grebe was seen near the shoreline, while out on the bay perhaps a 100 or so Tundra Swans were floating on the water. Hundreds of ducks were flying over Lake Erie, but even they were too far to see w/ binoculars to ID.
As I headed home I spotted a pair of Great Egrets in the ponds of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. Its late for these birds to still be around, so a nice sighting!
The rest of the day would see a winter's mix of rain and snow, so birding was done for the day...