With the ice on the lake entirely gone, and even with Rondeau Bay quite open, many of the birds are a little farther away than I would like. But some swam by on occasion.
Bufflehead weren't numerous, but there were a few. Sometimes called 'Butterballs', they are one of the smaller ducks, and not often hunted due to their small size.
A small number of American Coot are hanging on.
Gulls seem to be almost non-existent in January, but there are a few starting to show up. Actually there were several hundred of them a couple of days ago...mostly Herring Gulls out along the edge of the ice, but a few Ring-billed Gulls like the ones shown below were hanging around the harbour. Anytime a duck came up with a fish, the Ring-bills were ready to pounce....usually unsuccessfully, fortunately for the duck. This first photo shows an adult Ring-bill in pretty good breeding plumage.
While in the Erieau-Shrewsbury area, I stopped to check a raptor nest along the south end of Fargo Road. I had heard that a couple of Bald Eagles were seen there recently, and sure enough, two of them were there. The one bird on the left is working away at something at the bottom of the nest bowl.
Afternoon lighting is the best time for viewing, especially on a sunny day. It is interesting to note that in 2016 this nest appeared, and a couple of eagles were there. But as the season progressed, the eagles went elsewhere, and the nest was taken over by a pair of Red-tailed Hawks. Only time will tell if they decide to stay for the complete nesting season in 2017!