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I started the day yesterday by meeting the Outdoors deadline. By noon I was heading out to go fishing. First stop Swofford Pond.

My son Stosh (in the boat above) said it snowed for about a half hour before he finally put the boat out. Then the sun shined until I got there.

A dozen American coots (not shown) greeted me at the dock by turning tail and heading for the far side of the pond. Tree swallows and violet-green swallows swarmed over the lake. It was magical to watch.

Tree sparrow (above), violet-green sparrow (below).

Even if you don’t fish, Swofford Pond is a lovely place to just hang out for an hour or two and watch the wildlife.

The swallows moved so fast I couldn’t tell what species they were until I got home. Focusing on a sparrow is very difficult! Especially in this low light situation.

The violet-green swallows are stunning!

I have to laugh at myself … I didn’t even notice this beaver lodge until I downloaded the photos onto the computer. I was too busy looking at the swallows (and getting rained on).

We decided to head for Kosmos at Riffe Lake, trying to see if we could run ahead of the rain. We were successful for a while. In the photo above we are at the farthest end of Riffe, looking east. The photo below is Riffe lake, looking west.

Back at the Kosmos area, we gave up fishing and decided to do some duck “hunting.” This pair of wood ducks must be nesting here, they weren’t leaving the area, not for nobody, no how.

This mallard duck seemed to have a harem of hens. I counted three all together.

This guy and gal thought they were being sneaky, so we left them quickly, hoping to keep the disturbance to a minimum.

We also saw a large group of common mergansers, but I was too far away to get anything better than an photo clear enough for an ID.

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