I took these pictures in my yard on April 7, 2012. The pond has amazing wildlife! I did not know a Great Blue Heron was lurking in the shadows on the opposite shoreline of the pond. It was standing just behind a pair of Mallard Ducks paddling around the pond. A male Northern Cardinal sings in the towering Oak Trees here now. That Cardinal loves to come to the bird feeder and grab a snack. The male Red-winged Blackbird loves to explore among the reeds on the pond’s shore. That bird also has learned to come to the bird feeder.
Mr. and Mrs. Canada Goose will be expecting a new family here at the end of the month. Mom is brooding on her nest in the soft grass on the shore. I also saw a small flock of Wood Ducks, with the brightly colored male or drake being out on the water most often. The others huddled on the shore or were busy in the trees nesting. The last duck I saw here, was the familiar hen Ring-necked Duck. She has been here for months off and on. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!