Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sarnia-area on Sunday

John G. Munson upbound after fueling at Shell

I checked out the Sarnia area today looking for birds on the Port Huron CBC.  The sun was out for a change making it a nice day.  However, birds were few and far between as one would expect.

Very few ducks on the St. Clair River.  A pair of Gadwall (see below) was off Guthrie Park at Corunna this morning, as was a male hybrid Mallard X Black Duck (no good photo).

An immature Snow Goose was also hanging out.

No sign of that Double-crested Cormorant in Talfourd Creek today. That would have been the least common bird!

The adult Iceland Gull was still in Sarnia Bay--the only white-winged gull I have seen this fall!

Quite a few ducks were in the Bay plus an American Coot.
At the mouth of Lake Huron, a good number of Long-tailed Ducks were out there--perhaps 2500 within a reasonable distance.  A few White-winged Scoters were present, but that was it for variety!

I checked Perch Creek Habitat but it was almost devoid of birds.  Nearby, a couple of solar snowies were atop hydro poles along Blackwell Sideroad.

Faceless Owl!

Moore WMA was equally devoid of birds, but it was nice for a walk.

This place has a good variety of uncommon trees including lots of Hackberry.

I also checked McKeough CA north of Wallaceburg in anticipation of the CBC in a week.  Same theme, but I came across a very small group of birds which included a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  It is a decent bird this time of year within the CBC circle.  It co-operated for a few photos.

I also inadvertently photographed it in flight!

Another weekend comes to a close.....again!

Sunset at Duthill Bridge (Friday)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

SNOW to SNOW Saturday Birding

I started off at Point Pelee today.  It was a rare day of no wind and mild temps, but a usual gloomy weekend day. (where was the sun that was forecast?).
I arrived at the Tip after first light and was greeted by a Snowy Owl perched at the very Tip!

It was quite co-operative and did not move for some time.  Dan Greenham had watched it fly in off the lake a few minutes before I arrived.

A few ducks were moving including White-winged Scoters.  A massive flock of scaup was off the east side about Sparrow Field.

The lake was almost dead calm unlike previous visits this fall.
An American Pipit was on the Tip sand for a while.  I did not try to get close, hence this poor photo.

After some time at there, I walked up to Sparrow Field and found a flock of Cedar Waxwings, but needless to say there was not a bird with a cinnamon butt.
A Great-Horned Owl flushed out while I walked through.

Shuster Trail had a decent flock of birds with kinglets, creepers, chickadees, etc. plus a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Several American Robins were there as well.  I even heard an Eastern Screech-owl calling.

De Laurier was rather quiet, as was Blue Heron.  The famous red-morph screech-owl was showing off today.

After some shopping at Pelee Wings, I headed straight for Two Creeks CA in hopes of seeing that Varied Thrush.  However, like all present, I was disappointed.  I spent over an hour there walking the endless trails, but to no avail.  It must have been around somewhere, as it was reported early this morning.

I went down to the harbour afterwards but nothing of note was seen.  A Snowy Owl was behind the Milo plant though.

On the way home, I decided to check Lighthouse Cove.  Countless ducks were out on the calm Lake St. Clair, but too far away to discern.  A single Great Blue Heron was along the river.

As I drove through Dover, I found a decent field with Tundra Swans and Canada Geese along Townline Road.  However they were too tightly-packed to try and pick out anything.  Near this spot was a Snowy Owl atop a pole.

Along Mallard Line, I found a tight group of 3 Snowy Owls way out.

At the intersection of Marsh and Winter Lines, at least 5 Snowy Owls were visible.
A check of Mitchell's Bay revealed nothing of note.

The weather is too nice!  Birds are sparse and spread out.  It is supposed to get even milder next week, so that does bode well for the upcoming Wallaceburg CBC.  (Wallaceburg does better in cold years!).  But, things often change.