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Harlequin Duck, 20 Black Scoters, Purple Sandpiper, & Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc.


This morning I heard from Mark Wloch who found a female/juvenile Harlequin Duck in Lake Michigan around 8:14 a.m. Then around 9:19 a.m. Mark notified me of a flock of 20 Black Scoters that again sets a new daily maximum ! Next at 11:47 a.m. Mark sent me a photo of a Purple Sandpiper on the south pier at Ludington Harbor. That is the first sighting this year in Mason County. I had just arrived at the harbor south parking lot. After meeting and talking with Mark, it seems the PUSA had disappeared, but when I reached the north tip of the south pier I relocated the bird about 12:30 p.m. (in bright sun). Mark had also mentioned he found a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker before he left home, which shattered by two weeks the previous late departure of Oct. 29th last year.

In other news today, Linda Scribner reported a pair of Harlequin Ducks (male & female) that were seen near the 1st Street Pier in Manistee between 12:20 and 3:00 p.m.

Lastly, Benjamin Wilson reported seeing 21 White-winged Crossbills in pine trees and Pine Siskins flying over his Sherman Township home yesterday.


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