Springtime has come to the Ditch, if the new life spotted on my recent walk is any indication.
The trees are bursting with that wonderful spring green that seems only to exist in nature during a brief window when the buds are popping and the air is fresh with dew.
But the real action is the two families of Canada geese and a family (or maybe two) of ducks.
Of course, I seem to name all the pond creatures, so let's call this group the family of David and Miriam, named after Canadian blogger David and his photographer wife Miriam, of Travel with Birds, whose photos of birds are my favorite eye candy any day of the week.
They seemed to have the most in their flock -- and the most daring, venturing a tad too close to the street for my liking.
I'm not sure what they want on the sidewalk. All the good food is behind the fence. Maybe they're just curious!
Fortunately as I got closer, they moved back beyond the fence toward the pond -- for awhile at least.
I must have taken two dozen photos of this gang but they move so quickly, only a few turned out well.
The smaller family, I named Suzanne and Jim, after my longtime friend who lives in London, Ontario, and her husband.
I love watching how closely the adults keep an eye on the little ones. As I ventured closer to continue my walk past them, the rapidly hurried the babies away from the sidewalk where they had been eating.
Continuing through the ditch I spotted this bird in a tree... it was too fast and far to get a good ID.
That was when I saw the duck family, out for a swim.
It was hard to tell how many ducklings. They hung quite close to the edge where the camouflage was excellent.
But there seemed to be at least three and maybe more.
The gosling families seem to be larger than the ducks -- but it is difficult to tell. I know there are more ducks due and probably at least one more family of geese. Perhaps by now they have "popped" and maybe on my next walk they'll be taking a swim!
I leave you with a happy pair of babies!
Coming soon, we'll check up on Harry the Heron!
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