This was a nice day, although the birds were few; mild temps, off-and-on sun, and no wind. This was our annual pre-ice survey of the local waters, but unfortunately Sabattus pond was totally frozen over. Consequently all of our sightings were at Lake Auburn and a couple spots along the river. 
The bird of the day was the very cooperative Merlin on Lake Shore Drive. Noticeably absent were small songbirds, with only a couple Chickadee sightings.

Birds seen or heard:

Common Loon
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Belted Kingfisher

Dan Marquis