I spent a few hours at Riverlands this afternoon, and enjoyed seeing some new year birds. In two-pecan pond, there were some rusty blackbirds mixed in with the grackles and red-wings (thanks to Dave and Tom for the tip). There were also at least 10 snipe. In Ellis Bay between Heron Pond and the dam were a greater and lesser yellowlegs (I saw them next to one another and there was a notable size difference), and a third yellowlegs further out. On Redschool road between Confluence Rd and the duck club trailers, there was a singing Western Medowlark. The fields north of Redschool along that stretch were recently burned and should be attractive to golden plovers (I didn't see any today).
Lots of ducks around -- shovelers, green-winged teal, ruddies, all the megansers, scaup, good numbers of bufflehead, a few golden-eyes and canvasbacks, horned and pied-billed grebes, etc. Two young trumpeter swans in Ellis Bay, and a few pelicans were around.
And a belated note, last Sunday there was a group of 13 Ross's Geese and 4 Snow Geese in and around Teal Pond. Apparently the same group was still there today (seen by Tom and Dave).
The water levels are low and there are lots of mud-flats right now, though the dam gates appear to be closed, so the water may start to rise.