Waterfowl at the Edge of the Ice

Overcast with occasional light rain. Temperatures in the 40s and breezy.

I went out for a bit this afternoon. There were still plenty of gulls in the channel, but not on the Japonski Island side shore. I spent a few minutes scanning without spotting anything unusual.

From Kerr Island pullout I saw whales in the far distance, but not bubble net feeding.

Five river otters swimming together was unexpected.

At Swan Lake the ice is beginning to open up around the edges. A single Bufflehead and the Hooded Merganser with both in the open water near the peninsula.

I sat on the shore for a bit to take some pictures. With the limited open water, they stayed closer than they probably would have otherwise.

My iNaturalist Observations for Today

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