I ventured, once again, to the area of Crooked Creek Dam to see what things of interest I could see. However, this hike had another reason. I had a 12 X 24 Pentax binoculars to test before purchasing. I wanted to see how the worked for me. The main issue I found was the fact of wearing glasses. I have always found a difficulty upon using glasses. To look through them with binoculars you see a smaller image. The remedy is to push the glasses over my eye brows to see a big view through the binoculars. I think I may be getting them.
The water behind the dam was around 99% covered in a thin layer of ice. Searching about the ice I saw Canada geese; Ring-billed Gulls and Great Blue Herons on top of the ice. I saw an immature Bald eagle on the ice as well. In the few small pockets of open water I saw Mergansers and some geese.
Several times while walking I heard the soothing call of a loon. Eventually I spotted the black and white bird in open water across from the side I was on. I place the camera against a tree and took some photos even though I knew clarity would be lessoned.
Eventually, I saw additional eagles. Four immature Bald eagles were soaring over my head. Sometimes they would be close just above the tree tops and other times they would drift high. Suddenly a fifth bald eagle appeared. This one was a mature bird. I would watch two of them fly high and do their dance as if courting.
Other critters of interest included a Fox squirrel and one Gray Squirrel. I saw a Pileated Woodpecker close enough for some decent shots, too. I spooked a Red-tailed Hawk from a meal of dead rabbit. The bird allowed for a few photos before heading off for presumed safety. I am sure the hawk would be back at the meal within minutes.