A male mallard at Bellevue Pond, Middlesex Fells, MA, February 23, 2017.

I love watching them dabble with their little curly tails and bright orange feet. I also love that dabbling is seriously the term for what they’re doing. And look at those sleek feathers shedding water!

Bellevue Pond was entirely dried up last summer during the drought, when I visited it for the first time—it was just a plain of cracked mud and tall grass. It’s so encouraging to see it full of water now, and to see the waterfowl enjoying it. I also got to witness a very exciting goose fight (pictures to come).


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