These mallards – along with a few dozen extras – found open water in a drainage ditch and took advantage to swim, preen winter-weary feathers, and take naps on the surrounding snowbanks. They looked as happy as a lot of the people I have been seeing.
The warmer weather corresponds with my own freedom from the sling and “house arrest” from the broken arm and ribs. I started PT, and part of my added exercise is to do camera lifts! We got out to a local country store the other day for lunch and here at home the snow has melted enough that I started cleaning the path of sunflower seed hulls from the back yard under the bird feeders. The other day, tired of seeing all the snow, I took one of my artificial sunflowers and stuck it in a snowbank outside the window. Think it may have had an effect on the weather?
Whether or not it did, (and my guess is that it really had no impact whatsoever) the long awaited preview of days to come has arrived. It will be short lived as a wintry mix is due over the weekend but we are “short time” on Winter now. I am MORE than ready.
I bet you are too!