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