Sunday, January 10, 2016
Pt Mouillee SGA - 09 Jan 2016
Inland units are finally freezing over. Vermet and Humphries Units are about 80-90 % frozen, with little pockets of open water filled with American Coot, Gadwall and Mallard. Lake Erie is open for the most part, with shallows holding some ice. A pair of Great Black-backed Gulls were seen just off the parking lot area among a dozen or so Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Small groups of 6 - 10 Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and / or American Coot were drifting next to shore as I biked around the east side of the Banana.
Cell 3 was void of movement. Despite open mudflats I could not find a late winter shorebird or Snowy Owl. It was barren.
Cell 4 held a few ducks, including a small raft of Ruddy Ducks that included a single Surf Scoter (juvenile male)! A Horned Grebe was seen out in the lake.
A large flight of scaup and Common Goldeneye was seen heading south. Several thousand birds forming large ribbons across the sky.
The sun finally popped out for a few minutes, otherwise it was cloudy and dark.