Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pt. Mouillee SGA - 09 May 2018

I took a rare, mid-day ride at Pt. Mouillee to look for shorebirds. Skies were clear, and a steady breeze was blowing from the NE. This would mean a tough ride out, but an easier ride back. Fresh gravel on the Middle Causeway would also mean a tough ride. So be it.

The shorebird habitat just adjacent to the Pump House was fairly quiet, but a flock of 43 Short-billed Dowitchers was a nice find. Dunlin were the only other shorebird about.  The larger shorebird habitat a quarter mile south in the Bad Creek Unit was more active with 1 Black-bellied Plover and ~950 Dunlin. I stopped long enough to digiscope a Tree Swallow atop a very neat perch.

The Middle Causeway and Banana Unit were relatively quiet with usual suspects. Forster's Terns provided a bit of a photographic opportunity, while a dozen American White Pelicans in the Vermet Unit was a nice find.

A group of three Sandhill Cranes flew by the Long Pond Unit as I returned to the car.  Eleven miles was a good bike trip.

Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, Michigan, US
May 9, 2018 12:19 PM - 2:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.483 mile(s)
38 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  36
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  42
Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors)  6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  24
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  4
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  6
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  4
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  16
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  3
Sora (Porzana carolina)  1
American Coot (Fulica americana)  6
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)  1
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)  1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  980
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)  43     Pond ½ mi s of pumphouse in Bad Creek Unit. All together.
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  4
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  6
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  13
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)  24
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  2
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  4
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  2
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  2
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  2
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  90
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  36

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