First Hatch

Just now as I was overlooking the swamp from the crow's nest, a mama woodduck and no fewer than 10 ducklings came out of the reeds to play around in the shallows.

Woodduck ducklings don't line up in rows. They are independent and pretty much play leapfrog, running and paddling in little bursts. Papa woodduck is nowhere to be seen.

The swans are sitting on their nest, but are much more active than usual on the pond. I do hope that they show up with little ones soon. Since I dredged some open water near the house, they come there once per day for a tour, and occasionally they take off from there. Their initial wingbeats can be heard in the house and actually woke me up from a nap today.