I took another run down to Pt. Mouillee SGA before work. Parking at Mouillee Creek I rode out to the SE corner of the Long Pond Unit to look for King Rails. Along the way I heard a Dickcissel in the Walpatich Unit, and another again in the Nelson Unit among several Marsh Wrens and Swamp Sparrows. I took note of the mowing that had been done along each side of the trails.
Meanwhile, six Sandhill Cranes farther down the canal took off to the west.
I spotted a tiny dark bird way out to the west in the edge of open water and cattails that could have easily been a Red-winged Blackbird. It turned out to be a very young, presumed King Rail chick. It was fairly large for a chick, but younger looking than the juvenile King Rail I photographed last week. It foraged at the edge of cover for several seconds, then disappeared.
I would fail to see the Marbled Godwit (again).
On the way out I stopped to chat w/ Andy Sturgess for a few minutes.
Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, Michigan, US
Jul 25, 2018 6:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Comments: Warm, humid, mostly clear; marsh waters are low.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 24
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 6
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 36
Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) 1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 6
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 36
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 6
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
King Rail (Rallus elegans) 1 juvenile; black, larger than Lesser Yellowlegs; seen at scope distance in SE corner of Long Pond Unit. Stayed near edge of stubble and open water, ventured into view only momentarily;
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 12 included 1 family of 8 in Long Pond (NW end);
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) 6 Long Pond; flew to west
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 9 all birds in Bad Creek Unit; heavy barring in most birds that were worn adults; no juveniles yet.
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 12
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 8
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 6
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 16
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 1
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) 1
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 24 roosting in snag next to Pump House
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 60
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 12
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 12
Dickcissel (Spiza americana) 5 Singing birds in Walpatich Unit, Nelson Unit, and 3 in Long Pond Unit.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 36
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
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