I parked at Siegler Rd. and rode out onto the North Causeway. A stiff breeze was blowing and temps were in single digits. With the exception of a large raft of Mute and Tundra Swans on the Huron River mouth in front of PMSGA HQ there were no birds to be seen in the Nelson, Long Pond or Vermet Units.
I continued on around Cell 5 and checked out the Lake Erie shoreline. Winds were picking up, and biking became a bit more challenging. Ice was forming along the shoreline. All inland waters were frozen over. Still, no birds except for a pair of American Tree Sparrows on the dike ahead.
When I returned to the dike separating Vermet Unit from Cell 5 I had to walk the bike. The winds were blowing at 30 MPH+ and my gear was acting like a parachute. Things did not improve when I reached the Middle Causeway. Still no birds to be seen I tried biking a bit, and walked the rest. The cold was starting to permeate my entire being.
The other two rested quietly while I was able to digiscope them from a safe 100' away. They paid me no mind and I made sure not to startle them. The adult was perched a bit out of view on the railing that was obscured by nearby sign poles.
Satisfied, I slowly picked up the bike and was able to walk past both birds without flushing them. Success! I rode back to North Causeway and the parking lot feeling suddenly a bit less uncomfortable with the bitter cold. What a great end to 2014!!!