I've seen very few birds the past two months. It seems just too cold, and even the small bits of open water I find don't attract even a few ducks. But as the season passes, I'm seeing more. In Thornbury the other day I had a few minutes to drive down to the harbour, and there were a few swans where the open water of the river disappears under the ice of the bay.
I checked out the pedestrian bridge first to see if there was any open water. My wildlife photography is terrible, but there they are, a few dark dots in the distance!
A closer shot shows that a few of the dark dots actually look white.
So I drove down to the mouth of the river, and was able to get a closer look at what was there.
Yes, a few of these are swans, a pleasant surprise as I didn't know swans would winter over here when the temperature has been so cold. Just as surprising, the ice on Georgian Bay extends to the horizon! Note that I didn't say 'solid' ice; this is an ice pack that will float in and out from the shore, depending on the wind.
From this angle I count 8 or 10 swans, and a couple of ducks and a few gulls. Unfortunately I didn't have either binoculars or much time, so I'm not sure about the species.
But I did get a good look at two swans swimming closer, and by their orange bills decided that they are likely Mute Swans, common resident birds here in southern Ontario.