Our weather took a decided turn for the better today with bright sunshine and temps rising to about 70F. After supper this evening, with an hour of sunlight left, I decided to visit the local wetland.
Geese were honking loudly as I left the car and as I rounded a bend in the path I spied a pair of Wood Ducks feeding in a large puddle. As the ducks around here know all to well the dangers that humans present, I crouched and crawled using all available cover to approach as close as possible without alarming them.
A closer crop gives a better view of the colorful male
During the course of my short visit I also observed several Ring-necked Ducks, a pair of Hooded Mergansers along with a number of pairs of Canada Geese. The beauty of the evening was marred by the stench of burning plastic as someone nearby burned their garbage, flooding virtually the entire wetland with the acrid odor.