|Mating season is underway and the gander on the right is sending a clear|
message to his would-be rival; "Three's a crowd and you're outta here, fella!"
|A drake Mallard at home in the cattail marsh makes for a classic waterfowl photo.|
|Hey, what do you know? There's a coot!|
A member of the Rail family, the American Coot is a marsh-dwelling bird with a short, rounded body and long toes. Unlike other members of the Rail family, the coot likes open water, often feeding alongside ducks. Excellent swimmers and divers that feed on a variety of aquatic plants, Coots are the most aquatic members of the Rail family.
We shall return for more visits to the refuges as spring turns to summer and then on to fall. We look forward to sharing those journeys with you as the cycle of life continues here in the marshes.
Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia