It was crisp, clear and very cold yesterday morning at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge where I saw a low of 8°F but it was great being back there. The Bear River had ice on it and so did many of the units on the auto tour route. I was hoping to see my first Bald Eagles or Tundra Swans of the winter season there but that did not happen. I did see loads of ducks.
This Greater Scaup drake is making the transition into his breeding plumage and was in among American Coots, a resting female scaup, Pied-Billed Grebes and a single Canvasback. It had warmed up to about 14°F by the time we found them and the coots were actively feeding. It is a challenge at time to isolate just one bird when they are grouped up like they were but in this image I like the out of focus grebe in the background.
Life is good.