I had planned to drive to Whitefish Point in the morning, but forecasts called for 8" of snow and single-digit temperatures overnight, so I decided to head back south along the east side of the State. Crossing the bridge shortly before 8 am I headed south on US-23 from Cheboygan toward Alpena and Tawass City. Lake Huron was mostly open from Alpena northward, but freezing quickly. I scanned several roadside parks looking for ducks and Snowy Owls, but without luck.
I stopped at Tawass State Park and made a quick drive through. A Bald Eagle was the only notable bird seen.
Next stop was Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. I managed to find a dark-phased Rough-legged Hawk at the entrance to the wildlife driving tour, but that was it. Hundreds of Canada Geese were in the fields but no Snow Geese or Greater White-fronted Geese could be found.