Monday, Jan 11 I went to the Waterway to check out a report of hundreds of ducks looking for open water because most ponds in the area were frozen. I discovered that most of the big lake was frozen! It hadn't been when I was there on Saturday. It was a very rewarding day! I located a ring-necked duck ice walking up close to the bank and witnessed a blue heron out on the ice trying to get something below the ice and a white pelican swooped down on in and the heron shot up in the air squawing and the pelican slipped down on the ice and floundered around trying to get it's feet under it and the heron flew off still protesting loudly! The pelican immediately put it beak down to the ice. I guess he landed because he thought the heron was eating something. I also got very close to a group of coots on foot which has never happened before. I guess they were very hungry and eating grass since the lake where they usually eat vegetation was frozen over.

Ring-necked duck on ice

Ring-necked duck on ice

Ring-necked duck

Ring-necked duck

Duck hunters heading toward hundreds of ducks in open water and they scatter

Duck hunters heading toward hundreds of ducks in open water and they scatter

Ring-billed gull

Ring-billed gull

Ring-billed gulls

Ring-billed gulls

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

American White Pelican