Tundra Swans are back in the bay!
On my weekly Tuesday morning stop at the bay, I was hoping to see some new arrivals on this crisp and sunny 1 December morning. And yes. The Tundra Swans have returned to the bay, showing off their brilliant white plumage. You can observe them from the boat landing at University Bay and close to shore along the path toward Picnic Point. Buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, and masses of American Coots are close by. The first ice has formed along the shore rocks. Notice the strong mirage, the vertically elongated buildings on the opposite shore, resulting from cold air lying on top of still warm lake water. Gisela Kutzbach
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