Wednesday featured both brilliant sunshine and lowering clouds that blacked out the sky. Inspired by the early sunshine I headed out for a day of birding, but didn’t get any further than Titlow because the sunshine disappeared during the hour I spent there.

There really wasn’t much there but Widgeons, but I did like this shot

Widgeons Landing

because I’d never noticed the green wing stripe before.

The waterfront was dominated by cormorants, like this immature Double-Crested Cormorant

immature Double-Crested Cormorant

and this Pelagic Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

I spent the most time, though, trying to get a shot of this male Red-Breasted Merganser in breeding colors,

Merganser with Plastic Stuck on Beak

but when I realized that it had a plastic sack stuck around its bill, it ruined the entire shot. I would have waded into the freezing water to try to free it if I’d thought it would stay put, but he seemed too healthy for that. Hopefully, he will be able to free himself from it somehow, but for me it served as yet another reminder of how we have despoiled this environment we must all share.