We picked the one good day for weather this week and enjoyed a beautiful morning on Watkins lake SP. Twelve members of JAS met to view wildfowl and other birds in the area.
This lake rarely disappoints. In addition to the usual species, there were 4 winter plumage Bonaparte's Gulls flying about and screeching overhead. Several great blue herons and a belted kingfisher were still fishing. The water is still wide open and there were over 3,000 ducks and geese on the lake.
Some of the party ate breakfast/lunch at Linda's Diner on M-52, just south of Pleasant lake Rd. The homemade cinnamon rolls were excellent.
Our eBird checklist (without quantities) is available at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40525378
If you've not yet visited since this gem has become a Michigan and Washtenaw County park, you should come on over. There is a parking lot and lots of walking trails available. Michigan DNR info available HERE.