We had a few reasons to scout our area today:
1. Count week starts today and we may find something today that might be missed on Monday
2. It's nice to know where those bird feeders are in advance that attract a lot of icterids and sparrows
3. Are we dressed warm enough? (Probably the most important one...It's @##$* cold out!)
Today's temperature, that hovered near -10C, is to be similar to Monday's high, though Monday is supposed to be sunny. Today we had clouds and even some snow. However, as another blogger has stated, the long range forecast is usually wrong.
Jeremy Hatt posing in his possible wardrobe for this Monday's CBC that will be very useful with the forecasted cold and wind. Will we see Storm Troopers and the Death Star that day? Anything is possible in Pelee.
As for Hillman Marsh itself, besides a strip of open water near the south side, the whole marsh is frozen. It was amongst a big group of Canada Geese and 3 Tundra Swans, we also had 3 Green-winged Teal. If the marsh is completely frozen, we may also miss this species on Monday.
Jeremy Hatt scanning for ducks. Not too many photos today. Fingers numb.
The highlight this morning was also found at the northeast beach parking lot along the shoreline. While I was counting ducks Jeremy spotted 2 shorebirds flying in. Hoping they were Purple Sandpipers, they were in fact Dunlin, which is still a great bird that may be missed on Monday.
A zoomed in photo of Dunlin that Jeremy took with his phone and binoculars. He did a way better job than I could ever do taking a photo the same way!
Merry CBCing everyone!