That’s New Year-Birds and not New-Year Birds …
Took a visit this morning to the Ste-Anne rapids where there is always a bit of open water due to the rapid movement of the water. Just a few early migrating waterfowl have arrived including Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers with Ring-billed and Great Black-backed Gulls and Canada Geese.
More than somewhat annoyingly, the people in charge have closed off access to the lock-gates with big barriers so you cannot get onto the breakwater (why – they have never done this before, even when the ice is serious?) so it was a good thing I had taken a scope and the digiscoping adapter for the camera because the birds were a looooong way away.
Here are a few digiscoped [at pretty extreme distance] pictures – including one brown duck that I determined to be a female Goldeneye but which seems a lot too brown when it should be grey, though I am advised this was simply due to spotting it during a short pre-spring moult.
Whatever – they are returning birds. Welcome back, guys.