I parked at Mouillee Creek and unloaded the bike. Bundled head to toe I began to ride the Middle Causeway east toward Lake Erie and Cell 3, hoping to spot at least one Snowy Owl. The dikes were frozen so riding was smooth, but a biting wind made the eyes water and breathing difficult. I spotted a couple of bikes ahead of me, but they appeared to belong to a couple of hunters / trappers who were wading into the Lautenschlager Unit with guns.
I would spot a pair of Northern Harriers along the Middle Causeway next to the Vermet Unit, but lighting was bad enough to not bother trying to photograph them. Cell 4 was partially open at the mouth to Lake Erie, but only a few scaup were present in the open water. Cell 3 was completely frozen, and there was no hope for relocating the Western Sandpiper that Karl Overman reported last Saturday (hopefully the bird survived long enough to find a warm-water discharge somewhere farther south). I circled Cell 3 and found Lake Erie frozen about a quarter mile out from shore. There was nothing worth stopping for, so I continued on bike back toward the Middle Causeway and the car.