Forecasts called for clouds and gusting winds this afternoon, so I took the opportunity to make use of the sparse clouds this morning. It was a cool 35 degrees this morning, but there was no wind, so I took a drive down to Pt. Mouillee SGA to look for something (anything) to digiscope. It was only 7:30 am. The sun was not quite up high enough to photograph anything, so I wasn't too disappointed to not see anything at Elizabeth Park in Trenton.
I drove down Campau Rd. toward the Pt. Mouillee HQ and found a flock of ~400 Rusty Blackbirds in the lot where a house was recently knocked down. American Robins were among them by the dozens, and seemed to take umbrage to their presence. I spent several minutes watching robins chase the blackbirds away from their locales, only to go after another three or four birds just seconds later. The birds were too far away to photograph, and it was still a bit too early and dark, so I had to settle for just watching them from the car. I would loop through the parking lot and check out the Huron River, but it was quiet. When I returned to the canals most of the birds had flown off, leaving just random flocks of European Starlings.
"rusty gate-hinge" call. A Northern Cardinal was taking a bath in a roadside puddle, so I grabbed a photo just few feet away after he flew into a tree.
No sooner had I set up the scope that a passing truck flushed whatever few birds there were, so I was left looking at an empty creek. Undaunted, I decided to stay a few minutes and see if any birds would return. My patience paid off.
More American Robins appeared among the blackbirds, so I spent a few minutes photographing them before turning the scope back on the Rusty's.
I then took a few videos to record their foraging activity. Mesmerizing! Whatever tension I may have felt while driving around was long gone...
The flock finally took off after a few more passing trucks, so I put the gear away and headed home. Wonderful outing!