Saturday morning I just had over two hours to do some birding, so I went out to Mitchell's Bay and St. Clair NWA. Despite some ice that formed this week, lots of waterfowl is still around. Normally we would not see much out that way this time of year, but it is just the opposite. Of course, not much is on the St. Clair River, when usually there are thousands of ducks, etc. there.
I saw a few Snowy Owls along the way, and upon arrival at St. Clair, there was lots to see. A large flock of blackbirds was at the entrance and along Balmoral Line.
There certainly were not around during the CBC just over a week ago. It was a good mixed flock, with the majority of birds being Red-winged Blackbirds.
The marsh was mostly frozen, but still lots of waterfowl was about.
I walked the dike to the viewing tower as I could hear and see lots of ducks. 99% were Mallards and I did pick out a few Northern Shovelers. I did not have a scope, so there could have been other species mixed in.
Along the way, a Marsh Wren was making some noise. There are usually some around attempting to winter.
Just before I left, a Peregrine Falcon came in along the driveway. Thoughts of Gyrfalcon were quickly dashed. It would be a good place for one though.
Today, Sunday, the weather was horrible, but what is new? I did the St. Clair River and the first notable duck was the hermaphrodite Mallard at Port Lambton. I had not seen it for some time, but obviously it survived another hunting season. Quality of photos is due to the ridiculous weather.
At Sombra ferry dock, I spotted a Northern Shoveler. These are rare in Lambton, but not in C-K!
The Harlequin went flippers up a week ago and was found emaciated on the shore. Pretending to be a Mallard did not help its situation.
Sombra Bay had a good group of over 50 Tundra Swans.
At the north end of Guthrie Park and the south end of the Shell Dock, were over 20 Hooded Mergansers. They commonly winter here at the dock.
|Algomarine coming in for fuel|
A single American Coot was there as well.
At Sarnia Bay and Marina, there were quite a few ducks, mostly Redhead. It was blowing and snowing like there was no tomorrow, so who knows what all was there. A Double-crested Cormorant has been around, and was probably still there.
At the lakewatch spot, some gulls were circling around, including an adult Iceland Gull.
The afternoon was spent watching feeders at home, but nothing new showed except a flyover Pine Siskin.