Today was one of the better days along the St. Clair River. I spent almost 6 hours and only went to Corunna (Guthrie Park). Ducks and gulls were numerous all the way along!
I did not see the Trumpeter Swans along the Snye River, but came upon 3 between Port Lambton and Sombra. They were in mid-river and lighting was poor, so I did not get decent photos. Not sure if these were the same ones, but I thought there were two adults and one immature.
About 30 Tundra Swans were at the head of Fawn Island.
At the north end of Port Lambton, a Great Blue Heron was standing on the ice. It was actually the first one I have seen this calendar year. They certainly left early this winter!
Sombra area was good with lots of gulls.
Cathcart Park was once again busy with waterfowl. It took a while to sort through them.
At Lambton Generating Station a multitude of gulls was riding ice floes in mid-river. Included was an adult Lesser Black-backed. I only got a "record" photo, as usual!
Four White-winged Scoters were off the intake of the plant. There were numerous scoters in the river today, but it has been a good winter for them. I heard that all three types were at the mouth of Lake Huron today.
Guthrie Park at the north end of Corunna was certainly the hotspot again where I spent almost two hours. A continuous raft of mixed ducks was along the shoreline.
Upon arrival, I spotted a female Ruddy Duck which hung around the whole time. White not generally rare in winter, a Ruddy is a novelty on the river during winter.
A large concentration of Common Goldeneye, as well as Long-tailed Ducks was in mid-river. I tried to find a Barrow's, but no luck! We had one here last year.
Gulls were numerous and another Lesser Black-backed was riding an ice floe. It had a slightly darker mantle than the others I have seen.
Among the many Herring, were at least four Iceland and two Glaucous.
With all the gulls this year, there have not been many of the white-winged variety.
I saw none of the Aythya hybrid ducks, but did find the usual Mallard X Black. It was the second of the day with the other at Sombra.
Several White-winged Scoters were here as well. I counted nine at one point.
|Four White-winged Scoters|
It was nice to look at the constant raft of ducks close to shore.
At Port Lambton, just before going home, I spotted the third Lesser Black-backed of the day towards the US side.
All-in-all it was an excellent day and perhaps I will head out again tomorrow!