Monday, March 17, 2014

One Week 'till Spring - 16 Mar 2014

A cold wind blows this morning, with wind chills in the single digits.  But skies were clear, so I drove down to Pt. Mouillee for a quick look at the Huron River and current ice conditions.

A stop by Elizabeth Park in Trenton yielded 8 White-winged Scoters in the middle of the Detroit River just north of the Grosse Ile Free Bridge.  One bird was close enough for digiscoping, but it was still early in the morning for good lighting.

At Pt. Mouillee HQ the Huron River was starting to open up, so waterfowl were starting to congregate while they wait for the ponds within the SGA to open. There were good numbers of Mute Swans, Tundra Swans, Canvasback, Redhead, Common, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead and American Coot.

This Common Goldeneye was diving near shore so I waited until he dove and jumped out of the car to get some pics when he resurfaced.

Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles are returning, finally!  Small flocks were congregating in the trees and on open fields.

Haggerman Rd. only had a few Horned Larks.

Returning home I stopped by Bishop Park in Wyandotte and counted 8 more White-winged Scoters in the river.  No sign of Red-necked Grebes.

At the Wyandotte Municipal Boat Ramp I spotted a single Horned Grebe still in basic plumage.  Waves were crashing against the dock and soaking the car, so I didn't bother driving down to John Dingell Park to see if any birds were about.

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