I made one last trip south of Anchorage this morning. I arrived to find almost 2 inches of snow on the ground (even though there was none in town) and almost 3/8 inch of ice on all but the biggest/deepest ponds. I stuck it out for an hour, left and scouted some of the remaining open water, and finally, reluctantly came to the conclusion that my season was for the most part over.
I saw zero ducks. I did see a sizeable flock of snow geese though in the 20 Mile area that have been hanging around for most of the week. I heard a few guys unload on them Monday morning.
I thanked the dog for another great season and headed back towards town. It was a beautiful, blue sky morning over the Turnagain arm when I spotted the coolest bird I've seen all season. A USAF C17 at 500' heading south down the middle of the arm. I just wished I'd had a camera ready or could have been along for the ride.
Potter Marsh was just about completely frozen over except for 2 small areas. Each small patch of open water held a few dozen mallards and a couple of widgeon. If things stay clear and cold over the next few days I think most of the birds will barely stop.