I was up bright and early this morning and headed towards Rondeau Park. I started at dog beach with the Charbonneau's. It was a bit quiet this morning, but still several Red-throated Loons were around.
We later moved on to south point trail, which was rather quiet as well. It was unseasonably mild today, so that may have been a factor.
Another Red-throated Loon was swimming fairly close off the light beacon.
I checked out the maintenance area on my own and found some of the wintering Yellow-rumped Warblers. A good flock of birds was along Harrison south of pony barn, but nothing too unusual.
The resident Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was working some trees.
I actually think there were two sapsuckers today.
There were lots of sparrows, House Finches, both kinglets and some American Robins among others.
Close to noon I was not sure what to do, so for something different, I headed over to Hillman Marsh. The shorebird cell finally has some water in it, but no birds!
At the boardwalk, I noticed a male Wood Duck with some Gadwall and Mallards.
Some sparrows were nearby, and I heard a Marsh Wren chipping in a usual spot.
On the way home, I decided to stop at St. Clair NWA. It was filled with waterfowl, but I was too tired to drag a scope along! I did pick out over 100 Ring-necked Ducks from the tower.
At one point along the dike, I spotted an odd duck. It took flight before I could get a photo, but I did get some record shots in flight. Perhaps it is a Mallard X Northern Pintail male.
I encountered no Marsh Wrens, so perhaps they are morning birds!
Nelson's Sparrow was on my mind, but maybe there will be a repeat of last year at the end of December.
Near Mitchell's Bay along Marsh Line, I found a Snowy Owl perched nicely on a hydro pole. It seemed oblivious to my presence.
Yesterday was a fine weather day, ending with a nice sunset. (and no owls!)