When we first moved out here, the pond was dead except for frogs. There were no fish, and as a result, we received very few visits from wild birds. I guess we're doing something right, since we're getting a lot of visits from wild birds now. It looks like wood ducks have taken up residence somewhere close, because they visit the pond daily. And I often see them fly over to the creek or roost in the trees around the pond. Maybe we'll see some babies this year? I can always hope! This picture shows three males on the left side and two females on the right.
Today we had a visit from a female bufflehead, which is a duck, according to our Birds of Illinois book. She was apparently diving for invertebrates in our pond. I guess she liked what she was getting because she stuck around for a good portion of the day. She won't be around long though, because they only migrate through our area during the spring and fall. Maybe she'll stop by again on her way south in six months?