Long-tailed Ducks used to be quite a rarity here, but now it is a rare to not see several dozen, at least, especially the farther north on the river you go. They are often well out in the middle of the river, so not always easy to photograph.
With the ice quickly building up in the river, the protected area by the Sombra ferry dock is a good place to check out the waterfowl. A female Hooded Merganser was hanging around......
Both Greater and Lesser Scaup were near the ferry dock, but I only got photos of Greater. Greaters are easily identified by the round head and, when they are at rest, a slight flatness to the head.
|Ring-neck (l), Redhead (r)|
There were other birds to find, including this adult Bald Eagle that swooped over some gulls, looking for something to scavenge, I expect.
Canada Geese were not very abundant early in the day, but there were a few around.
I spent a bit of time inland, checking out a different part of my territory. There were a few raptors, including at least 3 Northern Harrier.
All in all, it was a great day in spite of the cold. No doubt with the continued cold, bringing lots of ice from Lake Huron, waterfowl will become much more numerous, and will warrant another visit.