Of note, a Surf Scoter was seen and up to 18 White-winged Scoters. It continues to be a decent winter for scoters in the area.
The campground had a decent flock of birds at the south end, but it was fast-moving and we never got a look at all of the birds. At one point I heard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, so that one has made it through the winter!
A couple of Purple Finches, scarce this winter, were also on the move.
At the north end, I caught sight of the Yellow-rumped Warbler. There were two at one point in the winter.
On the Bay, a number of Canvasback were at the north end.
After leaving the park, I decided to keep going all the way to Hillman Marsh. The last few days there has been a good number of waterfowl at the shorebird cell. Today was no exception!
Three Ross's and five Snow geese were among the Canada Geese. (three Ross's were present yesterday as well).
I checked the gulls for a Mew. It is a good time for one! The last one was at this time of year in 2002.
There was an exceptional number of Gadwall in the cell. I estimated at least 250.
A good number of American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, and Green-winged Teal were also around.
Even the 50 Ring-necked Ducks was a good number for the cell.
A Pied-billed Grebe was the only member of that family present.
It was very windy and cold there, so after well over an hour there, I headed out.
On the way home I drove by St. Clair NWA. This croaker was on the road!
As I headed up Heron Line, I came aross a large flock of gulls. Among the Herring was a Glaucous, Lesser Black-backed and 8 Great Black-backed.
Towards Mitchell's Bay, in the Mallard/Marsh/Winter Lines area, I counted 7 Snowy Owls. So, many are still around!
The wind picked up and the temperature dropped as the day worn on, so I guess we are back to more seasonal weather!