I guess once the Northern pintail shows up, that's it, the party is on.
Today, on my favourite walk, I saw little bit of everything and managed to photograph some of it between flash showers.
First eye-catcher was a wood duck. They are the type that looks like a decoy. Every decoy painter choses this dabbler for a model because their plummage looks unreally real.
Also new to the pond were groups of ring-billed ducks and an Audobon's yellow-rumped warbler flitting about. I plan to capture a photo of that adorable little songbird before it heads south again.
Instead, I captured the stately – and sedentary – swamp lantern (aka skunk cabbage).