Mather Regional Park has a fishing lake with a dock and lakeside benches that allow you to sit comfortably, watch the waterfowl and contemplate life. As I found a great spot to observe the birds, I heard a lot of honking and splashing.
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The Canada geese were fighting. As swans and other geese swam by, they attacked each other for a couple of minutes. I had never seen birds act this aggressively and as long as they did.
There were additional geese who watched and sometimes joined the fight. A Mute Swan was near when the fight broke out and stay fluffed up and on the defense.
With that drama ended, I changed direction and looked at a different part of the lake. Out in the middle of the lake a Mute Swan was bathing. For some reason a Pied-Billed Grebe stayed close.
One great aspect of birdwatching is the ability to sit and watch the birds do their thing. Patience can be rewarding as birds come to you or display various behaviors as long as you sit still.
We have had plenty of changeable spring weather this past week. Rain, warm sunshine, more rain, more sunshine, and more rain. Today starts several days of sunshine with occasional clouds and more rain coming on Monday or Tuesday.
What’s up in your neck of the woods?