Sunday, March 22, 2015
Lapland Longspur - 22 Mar 2015
Although signs of spring have emerged for the past week or two (Red-winged Blackbirds, Skunk Cabbage, temps above freezing) winter is slowly loosing its grip on the ponds at Pt. Mouillee SGA. As I rode my bike from the Roberts Road entrance around Cell 1 of the Banana Unit I could see that only patches of the Humphries Unit held open water. Lake Erie was open, but ice shelves up to 3' thick were piled along the shoreline. American Coot, Ring-necked Ducks, and Canvasback were staging in shallows of Lake Erie waiting for the ponds to open.
A portion of Cell 3 had open water and a large group of Ring-billed Gulls sporting their breeding whites were congregating along the shoreline. Check out Paul Poronto's latest post to see what I mean. No white-winged gulls were among them.
As I returned to the car I heard, then saw, a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the SW corner of the Humphries Unit.
In another week or so the ice should be completely gone and the ducks will be packing the inland units of Pt. Mouillee!