A late afternoon drive took me to Siegler Rd. and the North Causeway of Pt. Mouillee SGA. I unhitched the bike, grabbed the scope and cameras, and took off for the Long Pond Unit to look for shorebirds. Reports from earlier today indicated the presence of Long-billed Dowitcher and Red-necked Phalarope.
I passed a pair of worn Lesser Scaup in the Huron River to my left. To my right the marsh was eerily quiet, with only a distant Great Blue Heron seen flying over the cattails. I reached the spot where a small section of the unit was cultivated for farming and left the bike. The sun was shining from the west, so much of my view was going to be backlit.
As I scoped the far reaches of the unit I spotted the Long-billed Dowitcher foraging among several Short-billed Dowitchers. It was easily recognized as a bulkier, dull gray dowitcher obviously in molt. I would also spot the Red-necked Phalarope even farther beyond. Too far for any useful pics.
I continued on around the Vermet Unit to check the Banana Unit and the patch of open area of Cell 5 where dredging had been pumped. It was dry and void of birds.
I came back down the Middle Causeway and spotted the immature (white) Little Blue Heron in the SW corner of the Vermet. Unfortunately for me a number of nearby Great Egrets spooked as I stopped and caused it to fly off far enough to discourage digiscoping. It had landed on the small peninsula that appears late in the year in the SW corner of the unit, but I didn't have time to hike out and spook the birds, further.
I'll have to remember to check this stretch again at around 6:30 - 7:00 pm again, as the Golden Hour approaches.