After work today I took my usual Friday route upriver a ways and through the countryside. There is quite a bit of open water along the village of Port Lambton just off the shoreline. It started forming on Wednesday the day I found the Red-necked Grebe. I did not find the grebe today, but it could have easily been overlooked. That bird could have been around for some time, but was not detected until recently.
Quite a few ducks were present including at least 5 White-winged Scoters. A surprising number of Red-breasted Mergansers are also around. Usually this species is quite rare on the river in the winter.
White-winged Scoters at Dusk
I went as far as just north of Stanley Line. In front of the CFIndustries outfall was a dead Canvasback on the road. One wonders what events transpired there.
On Holt Line, the lighter Snowy Owl was perched atop a pole.
I decided to head home via Lambton Line and Kimball Road in hopes of seeing more Snowy Owls. One was atop a barn along Lambton Line at Becher. A darker bird was atop a pole on Charlemont Line just south of Becher.
I continued east to Pretty Line just to turn around. Just before I got there, I caught sight of a "white" bird in the distance to the south. I though Snowy Owl, but......wait for it.......a male Common Merganser! It came off the field and headed NW. A rather strange sighting!