I parked at the Siegler Rd. parking lot of Pt. Mouillee SGA this morning and headed out on the North Causeway on bike. A pair of Marsh Wrens were singing from the cattails along the shoreline, but would not show themselves even though they were just a few feet away. Forster's Terns were patrolling the shoreline but not giving me any photo opps.
I rode out to the Vermet Unit where two dozen Great Egrets were roosting along the shoreline. I couldn't spot any shorebirds, so I continued on toward the Middle Causeway where Red-winged Blackbirds were swarming the phragmites. Although I looked for a Yellow-headed Blackbird I would not see any until the trip back when a juvenile male bird (yellow head no white wing bars) flushed across the road in front of me.
More Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer were scattered along the edge of the water line while Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers were foraging on the drying mud far out in the middle of the cell. Fall migration has begun about a week ahead of time!
Three Black Terns flying by Cell 4 were a nice find. First ones this summer for me!
I drove down Haggerman Rd. on my way home, but could not hear any Dickcissels along the fence surrounding the Antennae Farm. Good news, though; Greg Norwood reported many Dickcissels being seen in the Refuge Units that have been recently converted from farm fields back to prairie!