I was amazed how much ice this female goldeneye was willing to contend with this afternoon while diving for food at McQuade Harbor on the North Shore of Lake Superior this afternoon! This small recreational boat launch was almost 100% iced in, but the goldeneye pushed its way through the flows till it created a four foot wide space of open water from which it made dives in an attempt to find lunch.
On a sad note, the Snowy Owl I have been watching died yesterday evening when it swooped across a highway and was hit by a car. Upon arriving south to spend the winter in our area, unfortunately these northern birds do not understand the concept of autos.
Ice Flow Female Goldeneye