So, this morning I'm walking the dog around the block before having to dash off to work early, when I see what I swear is a duck sitting in a yard, and then fly up to a tree.
Now, if I was back in the 'dacks, a duck in a tree wouldn't be any cause for pause, because we have both wood ducks and mergansers in fair number there, and both are cavity nesters, which means they will fly to and perch in trees. But here in a CITY, it made me do a double take.
Admittedly, I do live only a couple hundred feet from a small lake, which is nearly completely surrounded by development. This is what threw me for a loop - wood ducks in a city?
As I drew closer, the wood duck resolved into...FOUR wood ducks, who all took off as we the dog and I approached. Their characteristic call as they flew away was a dead give-away that they were indeed wood ducks.
It just goes to show that you never know what you will encounter.
And here's the icing on the cake: a pair of loons has been spotted on the lake, too! I thought I saw them last week, but I told myself no - that was wishful thinking. What would loons be doing on a small, developed urban lake? Four days later they were posted on the internet! I will have to start trusting my eyes.