Greater-black Backed Gulls etc. St. Clair River
birdeland at pasty.net
Thu Jan 26 14:36:07 EST 2006
Yesterday the 25th we saw at least four adult GREATER BLACK-BACKED GULLS in amongst a group of about 50 gulls floating down the St. Clair River along the international line north of Marine City. Likely there were immature Black-Backeds in there also but the wind was brutal and the waves were choppy and ID of the other gulls was difficult. It appeared most of the others were RING-BILLED & HERRING GULLS. The adult Black-Backeds were easy to pick out tho from the bunch! About 35 MALLARDS and 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES were otherwise all we saw. A few days ago there were MUTE and TUNDRA SWANS present at the same place.
Behind the St. Johns Marsh on Monday the 23rd we found a flock of about 50 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, several EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, Several RED-TAILED HAWKS, and 2 COOPERS HAWKS and of course hundreds of Starlings.
Here at our home feeders in Casco Twp. we've had RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BROWN CREEPERS, FLICKER, SONG SPARROW almost daily among the usuals with sometime up to 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS!
Russ Emmons, St. Clair county
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