Stopping by Ponds on a Sunny Evening

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Various birds around a pond. Photographed 03/23/2016 near Clayton, Michigan.

The other day on my way home from work I stopped at a nearby pond to find a number of Ring-necked Ducks (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Aythya collaris), Canada Geese (Anseriformes: Anatidae: Branta canadensis), and Red-winged Blackbirds (Passeriformes: Icteridae: Agelaius phoeniceus) hanging out around the water.

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Canada Geese and a Red-winged Blackbird around a pond. Photographed 03/23/2016 near Clayton, Michigan.

The banks of the pond were lined with last season’s dried up cattails (Typha sp., Typhaceae), as well as a willow tree (Salix sp., Salicaceae) that was beginning to turn green for spring.

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Various birds around a pond. Photographed 03/23/2016 near Clayton, Michigan.

Although not the most impressive images, this is what passes for “virile” and “verdant” in Michigan in late March. Compared to January and February, it’s a virtual Eden.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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3 Responses to Stopping by Ponds on a Sunny Evening

  1. Miriam says:

    I love watching bird life near ponds. It’s so peaceful.

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  2. So Spring has come to Michigan? Looks as you say virile and verdant!

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