It was the first group I had seen in the area this summer. They tend to congregate in this area by mid summer and can be seen in varying numbers to later in the fall. Tuesday, I only saw four, and none today.
I drove north along the St. Clair River, noting several southbound Bonaparte's Gulls. My first walk was at Dow Wetlands along LaSalle Line. A flock of ten Bobolinks was in the field on the 'hill'. A single Upland Sandpiper was constantly flying around. It was the only one I saw, so likely some have already moved out.
The only migrant shorebird at Doug's Pond was a Lesser Yellowlegs. A Green Heron was flying around being harassed by a Belted Kingfisher.
I did check out Perch Creek briefly, but only went so far back since the mosquitoes were quite annoying! One section has quite a bit of Spiked blazing Star and Culver's Root, which is rather nice.
Another section has quite a bit of the non-native Elecampane, but it was well past its prime.
The next stop was McKellar Tract. The weeds and wildflowers were thick, but I walked around a bit.
This is one place to see lots of dragonflies, but not this year!
The one pond has a few Cardinal Flowers around it, rather uncommon in these parts.
A walk at McKeough CA revealed several Flag-tailed Spinylegs, but hardly any other dragonfly, let alone butterflies.
I decided to skip Reid on this day since I had a good walk the day before.
I have seen a couple of rather fresh European Skippers, probably of a second brood.
A change in pace is scheduled for the next few days......!