Detroit Skyline from the mouth of St. Clair R.
Another nice weather day. I decided to take advantage and go out in the boat. This time downriver to Lake St. Clair. It was a nice ride, but there was certainly a lack of birds. Where are they this year? Only four Mallards plus a female with young. Quite often I see Redhead. No gulls, and only a few Forster's Terns. Black Terns have immensely declined the last ten+ years or so. No heron types, and certainly not a pelican!
Afterwards I headed inland to check various CA's north of Wallaceburg. There are a multitude of places to visit for birds, butterflies and dragonflies.
At McKeough, there was a Pronghorn Clubtail (I think!). I've had them there before.
Pronghorn Clubtail eating Euro Skipper
Up at Moore WMA on Bickford Line, more clubtails patrolling the river. This one was a bit different. Appears to be a Midland Clubtail.
The river crossing is excellent for viewing dragonflies at the right time. I checked out some of the prairie area. Lots of Silvery Checkerspots are freshly out.
The river crossing is excellent for viewing dragonflies at the right time.
I checked out some of the prairie area. Lots of Silvery Checkerspots are freshly out.
Down the road at McKellar Tract, there are ponds that attract a wide variety of dragonflies. I saw at least seven common species there.
male Widow Skimmer
male Twelve-spotted Skimmer
male Calico Pennant
Nothing new at Reid CA, but hairstreaks should be out later this week.
female Long Dash