An unusual mid-January day (-1 degree and overcast) with NO snow on the ground. As you can see in the photo above, there is ice.
It was a good morning for ducks in the Humber; especially this male Green-winged Teal:
Here you can see the size difference between the teal and Mallards:
We also had Common Goldeneyes:
and a few Common Mergansers:
There are always many Mallards here, and, because the duck pond is frozen over, they were all in the river.
A few Black Ducks were also present:
Other birds that I was able photograph:
Here is the complete list:
Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, green-winged teal, common merganser, common goldeneye, ring-billed gull, herring gull, mourning dove, red-bellied woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco. (21 species)
and plant highlight:
The hoar-frost gathered, o’er each leaf and spray
Weaving its filmy network; thin and bright.
– Sarah Helen Whitman (1803–78)