With some effort I snowshoed out on the Colchester-South Hero Causeway from the Colchester end this afternoon. The parking lot is not plowed, so I parked on the side of the road, risking a ticket or worse. This part of the lake is more or less open for business. The large Scaup raft has dispersed, but I did count 19 Greater Scaup, 17 Common Goldeneye, 7 Ring-neck Ducks, and 21 Common Mergansers. There was a larger flock of ducks way out in the middle of the lake that I could not identify (? duck sp.). My most interesting observation was a River Otter with its head poking up through a hole in the ice and munching on something. It promptly withdrew as I approached.
Spring is coming-really.