Posted by Jaculin Bowman on March 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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The 2014 hard cold winter of the USA’s Midwest region has brought near record freezing of the Great Lakes. At the beginning of March for the first time since 1994, four of the Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie) are 90% or more ice covered, causing many waterfowl to gather on the small open waters of Lake Michigan. A real treat for Illinois birders to see waterfowl in larger numbers than usual. This Long-tailed Duck drake was photographed on March 4, 2014 at Montrose Harbor in Chicago, IL., where the only open waters included two small areas near the mouth of the harbor, a few small “ponds” along the shore line, and a larger area two hundred yards off shore.