Marked transformations of the landscape and its inhabitants occur daily now in the upper Midwestern U.S., as the weather is warming up. I took an early morning walk around the settlement ponds beyond the backyard and found quite a few changes since the week before.
early morning reflection in one of the ponds
The trees have leafed out, the grass is greening up nicely, and wildlife has again taken up residence there.
A pair of geese claimed one end of the pond as theirs — encouraging another pair to move away.
A Great Egret fished along the shore…this is the first one I’ve seen so far this year.
They seem to love dining on miniscule fish fry they find on the edges of the pond. The bird caught three in quick succession.
Only male Wood Ducks patrolled the pond’s edges; perhaps the females are all sitting on eggs somewhere.
And of course, a symphony of Chorus Frogs added their music to the landscape.
Indvidual tiny Boreal Chorus Frogs emit incredibly loud calls, and together with the other 100s in the pond, their “symphony” is deafening.
Each day brings new surprises — stay tuned for next week’s report on the pond.