I highly recommend Beaudette Park for a winter excursion. Almost all of the water is open. I believe Sylvan Lake drains into "Dawson's Mill Pond" as the water around Beaudette is known. Following a trip through the pond, the water cascades down a dam and becomes the Clinton River (I think). The water was rushing through the dam. The pond was only frozen around the edges, probably due to the moving water.
It was just fantastic to see aquatic birds so closely when compared with seeing many of the same birds at Belle Isle. At Belle Isle, they are halfway to Canada. At Beaudette, they are halfway across a small pond! It sure makes for better viewing and photos!!! We will certainly return as the temperature agains returns to above freezing!
The most fun was watching two Trumpeter Swans honking and flapping with each other (mating?). The prettiest birds were the Hooded Mergansers. New birds included Ring-necked Ducks and Redheads.
A fantastic treat!!! A flying "hoodie" in focus!
(This is one of my best pics ever - even if I do say so myself!)