Another large congregation of ducks, geese and swans were tucked into an open water patch on the north side of Mud Island. Next to the island, on the ice, were also dozens of Great Blue Herons, just standing quietly in the open. I counted 53 birds! Damn you, eBird! I'll do it.
Grabbing my iPhone I used the voice recorder feature and started rattling off counts from the north side of the park. I guess I should go back and count the rest of the birds at the south end of the park. Hey, the sun's coming out! Maybe I'll grab a few pics while I'm out here.
Turned out that it wasn't too bad. The voice recorder saved me from having to try to write numbers down. Ok, eBird, you win.
John D. Dingell Park, Wayne, US-MI
Jan 23, 2013 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Comments: Detroit River frozen except for open water next to Mud Island and south to Wyandotte Marinas;
Canada Goose 325
Mute Swan 840
Tundra Swan 45
American Black Duck 2
Common Goldeneye 40
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser 40
Great Blue Heron 53 Standing on ice on north side of Mud Island - easy counting
Ring-billed Gull 34
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 1
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