I only managed to document one new arrival today, and it’s this little brown creeper (Certhia americana) whom I found methodically creeping up tree trunks beside the river.
I also spotted, but failed to capture, a group of three cranes, probably sand hill, flying high and drifting south fast in the high winds, and what looked to be a pair of blue-winged teals on the river. The white stripe on his face really gives it way, but I was just too slow on the draw again.
On the pond, our heroes are still sitting on and guarding their nest on the southern tip of the island, and nobody was on the northern tip. I read that it can take several days to lay a clutch of eggs, and the goose will not start incubating until they are all laid so that they will all hatch at about the same time. Perhaps that’s what’s going on here.
The wood ducks were nowhere I could see when I first arrived, but I counted five of them when I returned. They seem to like hanging out with Canada geese. I read that geese make good guard animals, and maybe the wood ducks take advantage of that.
Finally, as I was watching the wood ducks on the pond, it occurred to me that we haven’t seen Mrs. Gadwall in a while, I wonder if she finally continued on, and that’s right when I spotted her.