Friday, December 16, 2016
Prelude to the 47th Monroe, MI CBC - 16 Dec 2016
With the Monroe, MI Christmas Bird Count scheduled for Sunday, Dec 18th I decided to do a bit of scouting this morning. Skies were overcast and it was snowing all morning with temps in the teens. Inland waters and streams are frozen, and Lake Erie is frozen for all but a small patch of water near the Monroe and Whiting Power Plants. Gull and waterfowl numbers are predicted to be low this year...
I also had 3 Northern Harriers (a gray ghost at Bolles Harbor, and two female/juvenile birds at the Whiting Plant).
Otherwise, I saw Canada Geese (80), Mallard (10) and American Black Duck (22) on Lake Erie at the Whiting Plant. A flock of 30 or so Ring-billed Gulls way out on the lake included a single Lesser Black-backed Gull. Six Bald Eagles were in the trees far to the south along the shoreline.
American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a pair of Snow Buntings were the only other highlights at the Whiting Plant.
I stopped at the foot of Front Street (Monroe Power Plant) and found 1 Bonaparte's Gull among the several Ring-billed Gulls near the bridge. The dense fog coming off the water put visibility at zero...
Dennis Rohmeyer would report a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches at his house in Area 4.