At the foot of St. John's Street and the Wyandotte Municipal Boat Ramp I saw the large raft of White-winged Scoters still hanging around. They were moving quickly south, however, so I did a quick count through the scope: 63 birds! That included a gorgeous male Black Scoter!
I also counted 6 Red-necked Grebes at various locations: middle of the river, in the open water between John Dingell Park and the Municipal Boat Ramp, and in front of Mud Island. Horned Grebes were also present in numbers up to 10 birds.
Best sighting of the afternoon after work was Mr. Andrew Sturgess at the Municipal Boat Ramp. We chatted awhile and was able to relocate the White-winged Scoters, but they took off for the Canadian side of the river on the east side of Mud Island.
John D. Dingell Park, Wayne, US-MI
Mar 13, 2014 11:30 AM -
Comments: All birds reported were spotted between John Dingell Park to the north and the Wyandotte Municipal Boat Ramp at the foot of St. John Street in Wyandotte. Scoped from the boat launch. Sunny skies, cold 5F.
Mute Swan 8
Greater Scaup 4
White-winged Scoter 63 Large raft floating in middle of river approx. 300' from shore; counted through scope as they swam by! Relocated the flock at in the afternoon, but they had flown to east side of Mud Island on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. Yes, 63 birds!
Black Scoter 1 adult male w/ bright orange knob on bill; in middle of raft of WW Scoters;
Common Goldeneye 10
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 20
Red-breasted Merganser 14
Ruddy Duck 2
Red-necked Grebe 6 Possibly as many as 10 birds in the Detroit River between John Dingell Park and the Municipal Boat ramp ¾ mile south. Several pairs in middle of river, while rest were in shallows near the boat docks between the two locations. Two more pair were seen along the north side of Mud Island;
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 3
American Coot 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
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