Suddenly, the dam is swarming with fowl: mallards (and ducklings!), Canada geese all in a row, a peripatetic Great Blue Heron, sparrows that capture delicate flying bugs, grackles that stalk, herky-jerky in the mowed grass and swallows that soar above it all. It is glorious summer, canicule and all.
there are seven ducklings in all. I saw them again this morning.
Here's Mother Mallard and her little ones.
The Canada Geese line up on top of the dam and perform an elaborate toilette. There appears to be a waiting list!