I took a quick trip over to Town Landing in Ipswich on the Ipswich River Saturday morning at hide tide and was surprised that the river was still iced up. There were a pair of Hooded Mergansers diving upriver towards the first double arched bridge.
I stayed up on the bridge trying to work with the best lighting. They would not come within good shooting distance. Anytime they approached coming into range, they gave me the stink eye and paddled further away.
After twenty minutes, a Common Merganser came under the bridge and swam downstream. This was a treat because we generally do not get Common Mergansers in our area.
I found a Red-necked Grebe down by Town Landing. Not an unusual winter bird for us but never-the-less, another treat. He was about 75 yards out and was not about to come any closer. I just got the stink eye.