Riverfront Park at Reads Landing, MN - looking south on the flooded Upper Mississippi RiverI stopped along the way at all the usual places. We didn't see many birds at Reads Landing - only a flock of Cedar Waxwings feasting on the insects swarming in the cottonwoods. No ice. No eagles. No waterfowl.
Further up Highway 61, the Mississippi was still covered with a very thin sheet of gray ice. I couldn't resist stopping to look for eagles.
A tourist looking north at eagles on the ice on the Upper Mississippi River north of Reads Landing
First stop: the Lake Pepin sign. Looking north, we spotted rows of eagles sitting on the ice, loafing and fishing from the holes left by ice-fishermen.
Camp Lacupolis: my first of the season pair of Common Mergansers. The minute I spotted them, they dove, and bobbed back to the surface too far away to photograph.
Lake City Sportsman's Club: Herring Gulls and a lone Ring-billed.
Ring-billed Gull in Breeding Plumage
The jetty at Lake City Marina: Dozens of Bald Eagles and gulls on the ice flows. Worth the walk down to the light.
A pair of Lesser Scaup at Lake City's Ohuta Park
Ohuta Park (Park and Chestnut Streets): A Bald Eagle (a sad story), tangled up in fishing line - clearly starving, but still flying short distances - I contacted the National Eagle Center; and a raft of waterfowl (Red-headed ducks, Lesser Scaup and American Coots).
Before we headed home, we stopped to see what's up at Colvill Park in Redwing. It was flooded!
No eagles. No waterfowl. Just a lot of very fast moving water.
A sign at the exit says the park will be closed Wednesday. Flood waters will crest later this week.