Saturday, April 2, 2011

Little Change

I had hoped to see some new spring birds today, but there is just not much out there (yet)!  Lots of blackbirds and waterfowl, but few other things. Normally we have seen lots by now.  Even butterflies!
I started at Erieau.  Little to report there.  At least the ice has mostly gone!  One wet spot in a field had some ice with a Wilson's Snipe on it.

Scenes off Tremblay Beach

I checked out a couple of spots along Lake St. Clair, including Tremblay Beach CA near Stoney Point.  Tons of waterfowl on the lake including some hybrid Canada Goose.  This spot used to be good for birding, but if you want to see a marsh that has turned into a solid mass of phragmites, go there!  Sewage lagoons are just behind it over the tracks as well.
In the past some good rarities have been there including Purple Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt and I think I recall a Swainson's Warbler.  Yellow-headed Blackbirds used to breed in the marsh as well.
Quite a few Fox Sparrows were there this morning.
Later this afternoon I decided to check out the St. Clair River.  Still tons of gulls.  Two Glaucous and an Iceland were in the mix, but most were over on the US side.

Most ducks have gone, but still a few hundred Long-tailed lingering.  Some migrant White-winged Scoters were notable including 4 in Sombra Bay and two off Seager Park.

White-winged Scoter

Looks like some warm air on Monday *AS USUAL* that will likely bring in some birds.

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