The resident birds were also out and about in the afternoon sunshine, like this lovely Pied-billed Grebe:
This female Common Goldeneye is a winter visitor:
Goldeneyes are divers, and I don't believe I've ever seen one out of the water, so I was thrilled when this one hopped onto a submerged log to do a bit of preening:
Another Winter visitor is the Ring-necked Duck:
And here we have a resident female Mallard with a visiting coot:
This visiting Bufflehead is another diving bird that I've rarely seen out of the water:
Finally, a female Hooded Merganser. I haven't seen any males in a long time.
Soon we should be seeing early Spring arrivals -- there are already sporadic reports of swallows turning up here and there. I'm ready and waiting!