Got down to the lake today which keeps getting a little more open water but not ice-out yet. Two hundred or so Common Mergansers and a few Ring-billed Gulls. Also saw Swallows skimming the ice/water. No Bald Eagle sighting today. I did see a pair of Wood Ducks flying over the village this morning. Scared a Ruffed Grouse for the third time in a week or so while walking my dog, Athos, in the woods today. It was actually hidden down by a stream bed and came exploding up! Good luck dealing with the impending nor'easter tomorrow!!