We have arctic whether coming in, and this day was about 40 degrees out and sunny. So a great opportunity to see a lot of birds out and feeding, as they are now hunkered down and not active (current temps in the 20s and likely in the teens by morning).
I like to tell a story about walks such as this, but for tonight, I am just going to post some photos with a bit of commentary, as it is getting late.
First up, a first-year bald eagle.
The reason I include it here is as a lesson. I saw this bird while standing pretty close to a birder with binoculars. There are loads of Turkey Vultures in this area, and he reached that ID without really looking at it, after I asked him to use his binocs to help with the ID.
We talked a bit and headed our separate ways. But in the end, after downloading the image and seeing the clear field marks, it is a first-year bald eagle. So the lesson is to make sure of your bird ID with observations and/or photos. Don't assume the big brown bird is a vulture, make sure is it such.
But now onto the water. Let's talk coots.