Looked too nice to stay indoors, so I drove to Rock Cut at 10:00 a.m. to see what might be on the lake. There were about 100 Herring Gulls, plus an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and the same waterfowl that have been reported. The cold is evaporating the water so quickly that steam is billowing and blowing, often obscuring the birds. Too cold to stand around looking through the telescope for very long, and all of the geese were sleeping, so I didn’t do a check for White-fronted.

An adult Bald Eagle was in the large cottonwood north of the 15th Avenue bridge on the south side of Rockford, a light morph Rough-legged Hawk was hunting at Bell Bowl at the airport (this bird has been there since before the Kishwaukee count on the 29th) and there were 2 Hermit Thrushes and 1 Fox Sparrow mixed in the usual gang of White-throated Sparrows at Klehm.