Because open water has been something of a rarity lately, it has concentrated some pretty interesting birds. These are buffleheads, and unfortunately they are a little too far away for me to be able to get as sharp a picture as I'd like. Still, if you look closely you can see the purple on the male's back and even a hint of green iridescence in it's head. These really are exquisitely beautiful birds.
Another remarkable bird that has been making a strong local appearance is the hooded merganser.
White winged scoters are a little bigger, so it makes easier to get a better picture. Of course, just before I actually took the photo, there were two birds swimming along.
The old standbys are still around too, like this Canada goose.
H. Eron also made a showing, the open water taking on a reddish tint in the setting sun.