First herp of the year at edge of lake that was frozen except right near shore. Two leeches on it.
I could not get any good view of this bird other than its back and profile. I thought maybe coromont but not sure. The yellow bill may indicate that. It was large but I'm not sure if it's 33" long.
Adult and juvenile
2 steel phase
1 red phase
4 varying age, unknown sex dispersing from winter dwellings.
Can anyone verify this species?
Found dead in the field, no external visible injuries. Swollen neck and mouth.