Saturday, January 26, 2013

John D. Dingell Park - 26 Jan 2013

Partly clear skies, 30F this morning.  The Detroit River in front of Mud Island is about 50% open today, so swans, ducks and geese are spread out more toward the middle of the channel.  Mute Swan numbers continue to impress, as well as a high count of 66 Great Blue Herons on the ice and shoreline just north of Southfield Rd.

John D. Dingell Park, Wayne, US-MI
Jan 26, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Clear, 30F, Detroit River 50% open (west side);
20 species

Canada Goose  370
Mute Swan  850     550 on s. side of Mud Island, 300 on n. side - most on ice; only a few Tundra Swan among them.
Tundra Swan  50     s. side of Mud Island and conc. near south end of long line of Mute Swans.
Gadwall  110     2 on s. side of Mud Island among Mallard, rest on n. side in open water between ice flow; a few Mallard mixed in.
Mallard  450
Canvasback  3000     s side of Mud Island, mostly in middle of river; surprisingly few Redhead among them
Redhead  2000     1/2 on n. side of Mud Island and other half on s. side - separate from Canvasbacks
Ring-necked Duck  6
Common Goldeneye  80
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  390
Ruddy Duck  40
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  66     n. of Mud Island along west shore of Detroit River north of J. Dingell Park. - all on ice flow
Bald Eagle  1
American Coot  2
Ring-billed Gull  50
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon  7

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