More Flowers and a Bird – plus

My first Peony has opened and more should be open soon.

Peony
Peony
Peony
Peony
Fanal Astilbe
Fanal Astilbe

Our walks along the banks of the Red River have been a little disappointing so far.  Normally the baby ducks and geese provide plenty of activity to watch and take pictures of – but not this year.  I have seen 2 goose families and only 1 Wood Duck family.

What I think happened is that the river rose quickly a few weeks ago due to some heavy rains.  There is a good possibility that the Mallard Ducks had their nests very close to the river and they were washed away.  The Wood Duck nests in a tree, so would have avoided that and the geese had started nesting earlier and also avoided it.  There were at least 3 pairs of mating Mallard Ducks and so far not a single duckling.  I am hoping they will nest again and we will have some late babies.

I am still being serenaded by the various sparrows and other singing birds along the bank though and one morning I stopped to take a picture of one of the Song Sparrows.

Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow

My daughter and her boyfriend have left the city and are currently on their way to a new home in British Columbia.  As of writing this they are only a couple of hours away from their destination.  It is going to take awhile to get used to this, but I hope they will be happy there.  They won’t have to shovel snow in the winter.

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