Were the ducks walking on water at Ashbridge’s Bay ? March 3, 2020

Through a blend of ice, melting ice and rain water, the bay gave the impression that the waterfowl were walking on the water-covered surface.

Mallard (male)
Mallards and Gadwall
Mallard (female)

It also led to some comical slipping and sliding.

Mallard (male)

Species list: trumpeter swan, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, common goldeneye, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, ring-billed gull, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper.  (12 species)

“Bib” Duck with Trumpeter Swan
Mallard (male)
Mallards
Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Gulls

Despite the constant rain and 3 degree temperature, we had a good turnout:

The chickadees are very happy to take food from human hands here:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadees

Park views:

Kentucky Coffee-tree (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Larch (Larix)
Linden (Tilia cordata)

NATURE POETRY

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.              – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)

Miles Hearn

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