After the Deer Run Bird Survey yesterday (and seeing a LOT of flyover waterfowl) we decided to drive over to Rock Cut State Park to see if Pierce Lake was opening up. There were still ice fishermen, so we weren’t too hopeful, but then we noticed a small patch of open water and headed over to get a closer look.
There was a good variety of ducks, a couple Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, tens of Common Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks, and one Bufflehead. There were the usual Canada Geese, Mallards, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, and the loudly returned Red-winged Blackbirds. Other returning birds included a large number of Turkey Vultures feasting on a deer carcass and a few Tree Swallows.
As we were observing the TV feast, we noticed a Coyote walking across the ice. He looked right at our dog, Socks, for a few moments before retreating to the woods. Dakota was incredibly impressed with both the Turkey Vultures and the Coyote. It was a great time. Now if it would only warm up a little!