Signs of spring are obvious with a big influx of waterfowl, more gulls and a smattering of the early migrant land birds. The weather predicted for this Sunday will likely produce the first major wave of migrants.
CACKLING GOOSE – Three calling birds in a Canada flock flew over the gate on 5 Mar.
WOOD DUCK – Two on 2 Mar was the first of spring.
AMERICAN WIGEON – One on 4 Mar was the first of spring.
NORTHERN PINTAIL – One on 4 Mar was the first of spring.
RING-NECKED DUCK – 12 were noted on 4 Mar among the swelling number of diving ducks.
LESSER SCAUP – Three with GREATER SCAUP on 4 Mar were among the first migrants.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – small numbers present throughout the week, mostly between Salt Pt. and the Lighthouse.
HOODED MERGANSER – with the arrival of one on 1 Mar, all three mergansers are now present.
TURKEY VULTURE – the first was seen flying east over the north shore on 4 Mar.
BALD EAGLE – several birds were present around Presqu’ile Bay throughout the week.
RED-TAILED HAWK – one seen on 29 Feb was the only report.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – an adult was seen near Salt Pt. on 1 Mar.
GLAUCOUS GULL – An immature was spotted on 1 Mar with other gulls.
SNOWY OWL – one was seen on the Salt Pt. light on 29 Feb.
HORNED LARK – two were heard passing overhead on 4 Mar.
SONG SPARROW – the overwintering bird at the Birdhouse Nature Store was heard singing (poorly) on 5 Mar.
NORTHERN CARDINAL – birds are singing everywhere now but a day count of 21 by one observer on 2 Mar was impressive.
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – hundreds are now back but many more will likely flood in this weekend with the expected warm weather.
COMMON GRACKLE – a few have been present all week but they are not yet common.