Whenever they passed close together the males kept themselves between the females, raising and fanning their tail feathers in a display of dominance, and occasionally being even a little more aggressive.
An update on the construction on the south end of the lake: things are taking shape nicely now - here's a view from the lake. It is going to be a fabulous house, with incredible views to the north, all the way to the Osceola mountains and the Franconia range.
I'm seeing signs of a little more animal life around the lake also. This evening I saw the first beaver of the year swim by, circling the lake by hugging the edge of the ice. I also found fresh Fisher scat in the woods, with a combination of seeds and animal fur twisted up together.
But, it does still look a lot like winter on the lake!