Ron Payne and I checked out the rapidly increasing ice from the
Champlain Bridge to Porter Bay Sunday morning. The northern edge of ice
is a little bit south of the Tri-Town water facility out of sight of
public viewing. We surmise there are many birds at the edge, but were
unable to access a viewing site. The ice edge should continue its march
northward each cold day and night.
The highlight of the day was a resplendent Redhead drake right out in
front of us at Porter Bay ... it was marvelously colored. A life bird
for a delighted Ron!
Eight Bald Eagles and four Bald Eagle surveyors were also seen for a 2:1
ratio: Champlain Bridge 1, Tri-Town 1, Button Bay 3, and Fort Cassin
3. Water birds were fairly scarce, there being 4 Common Loon, 1 Horned
Grebe, 6 Hooded Mergansers (Porter Bay), and a scattering of Common
Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, Canada Geese (Button Bay 364) and a few
gulls. The very cold air over much warmer water provided for a lot of