Saturday, April 19, 2014

Osprey have Returned! - 18 Apr 2014

A bike ride around Pt. Mouillee turned up 7 Osprey late this afternoon.  A pair are on the nest along Roberts Rd. while three more were observed in the trees along Rheaume Rd.  A pair of birds may possibly be nesting along Gibraltar Rd. at the RR tracks.  I didn't think to check the tower in the Humphries Unit.

Other highlights included 7 Horned Grebes on Lake Erie at the mouth of the Huron River, several dozen Blue-winged Teal, and close BIFs that included Bonaparte's Gull and Forster's Terns.

Lesser Scaup

Bonaparte's Gull

Forster's Tern

American Coot

Tree Swallow

Suspect Greater Yellowlegs despite short bill (deformed?)

Greater Yellowlegs

Caspian Tern

Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, US-MI
Apr 18, 2014 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Water levels a bit high in Vermet and Humphries Units; waterfowl numbers lower than expected;
35 species

Canada Goose  90
Mute Swan  8
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  40
Blue-winged Teal  30
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal  6
Redhead  16
Lesser Scaup  240     Most in Vermet Unit; unable to locate possible Tufted Duck in area;
Bufflehead  8
Common Goldeneye  4
Common Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  30
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  7     At mouth of Huron River; breeding plumage; scope views only.
Double-crested Cormorant  100
Great Blue Heron  20
Great Egret  8
Green Heron  1
Osprey  7     pair on tower along Roberts Rd; 3 on Rheaume Rd in trees; pair on Gibraltar Rd at RR tracks;
Bald Eagle  4
American Coot  400     Most in Humphries Unit; approx 50 in Vermet Unit;
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  8
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Dunlin  200     Cell 3 in mudflats along w side of cell;
Pectoral Sandpiper  6
Bonaparte's Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  20
Caspian Tern  60     Cell 3 on mudflats along w side of cell;
Forster's Tern  40     Cell 3 on mudflats along w side of cell and along Lake Erie shoreline
Tree Swallow  10
Red-winged Blackbird  300
Brown-headed Cowbird  20

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