We had some unusual visitors on the pond this week, a pair of Hooded Mergansers.
What makes it a Hopeful Sign?
These birds spend the winter in the coastal marshes and estuaries – in other words, salt water – and seek out freshwater ponds for courtship and breeding in the Spring…
Can’t be long now, right?
Pretty as they are, I’d prefer that they go nest elsewhere. They’re not dabbling ducks, like the mallards, eating weeds and bugs. They’re diving ducks, who are feasting on my fish. The fish aren’t in there for show – they keep the mosquito population down to tolerable levels.
So, use my place as a Singles Bar, if you must, but don’t get any ideas about renting a room!