In the morning, I took cousin Anne to the Montfort for a test. Instead of waiting around, I went to the Rideau Tennis Club to look for the Barrow's Goldeneye.
The ice was closing in forcing the ducks to be closer than I have ever seen them before. There were relatively few Common Goldeneye, and no Barrow's.But nobody could manage that, so I went on my own since I was too busy on Friday to attend.
At first I could not see it, so called Dave Sangster, the homeowner on
Westriver Drive who had reported it and posted a photo on Facebook.. He had it until when it left in the direction of the bridge.
On his suggestion, I went back across the bridge and approached from behind the strip mall. I spotted it heading towards the bridge! So I immediately returned to the
West River Drive side and there it was, coming towards me. I went towards it along the bank and we met halfway. I also did see a male Common Merganser, a few American Black Ducks and the white-fronted Mallard. I even had a muskrat on the edge of the ice.