For me drop shorebirding starts on July fourth. This is commonly when Lesser Yellowlegs and also Semipalmated Sandpipers make their opening night at Pt. Mouillee SGA in Monroe Co., MI. This year, nonetheless, little groups of shorebirds were located a complete week previously with several records of Greater and also Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated and also Least Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, and so on.
Justin Labadie located a Typical Redshank at Pt. Mouillee on 04 July; this stands for a first document for Michigan, and also a first document for the reduced 48-States in the United States. All various other North American Records have actually originated from Newfoundland. Congratulations, Justin!
I ultimately returned residence from a week in Nebraska and also took a come through to Pt. Mouillee to see if any type of shorebirds were sticking around after the initial wave. Reduced winds and also cozy temperature levels produced an excellent night trip. While much of the SGA was sans-shorebirds, there were a lot of wildflowers, butterflies and also dragonflies to sidetrack me. I quit enough time to obtain some pictures of Black Swallowtails and also Halloween Pennants
Black-necked Stilts, additionally unusual for Michigan, have 2 nests in the north end of the Humphries System. Both nests show up from the NE edge of the device and also can be seen from the Center Embankment. This night I detected one set of stilts near their nest, however did not see any one of the hatchlings. Both birds were fairly singing, so I remained on the embankment and also did not remain.
A lot of the activity was taking place at the Pumphouse where little groups of Lesser Yellowlegs, 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, Least and also Semipalmated Sandpipers, and also one more Black-necked Stilt foraged in the mudflats of the Humphries System.
A feasible Arctic Tern was detected previously today by Bobby Irwin, however just a set of Forster’s Terns existed in the location.
Prior to leaving I purged a Mallard duckling from the coastline. Nothing else ducks were about, so I’m wishing it hasn’t been orphaned …