At first glance, the visit was disappointing. I only noticed two female Hooded Mergansers and a pair of Mallard Ducks. Then I saw Canada Geese on the far side of the marsh. I walked around the pond and saw 18 geese and a female Northern Shoveler.
When I looked at the shoveler through binoculars, I saw splashing in a distant cove. Female mergansers moved from one bit of open water to the next. Males with white crests displayed followed them. They occupied a cove near the highway.
Find open water
Swimming males in hot pursuit
Fires of spring ignite