This on-again, off-again winter, hurried down to the lakefront to see the ice before it melts away.
Birds gather farther away from the shoreline in the open water. I could make out the Canada Geese, Common Mergansers and Herring Gulls but missed the reported Scaup and Snowy Owl Friday morning.
The ice cover has a moonscape look to it.
The fissures create unusual patterns as the water laps up in between the seams, from smooth to jagged like broken glass.
A crow on the lakefront.
And White-Wing absconding with her hot dog reward.
Yesterday I visited Brookfield Zoo. There’s a little lake at the edges of the zoo grounds by the Salt Creek, where a portion of the water is kept open.
A Hooded Merganser.
The female Hooded Merganser. Female Mergansers in general always look like they were just at the hairdresser.
A Northern Shoveler barely stood out among the Mallards.
Adding the only musical note to this post, the Trumpeter Swan. And trumpet he did.
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker.
Away from the lake, but outdoors in the cement pond area, the preening American White Pelicans have the last word.