This morning when we got up and looked out the bedroom window, we could see two ducks cruising in the pond. By the time we got to the kitchen to make coffee and start breakfast, the ducks had been joined by a group ... er, gaggle ... of geese, which you see in a nice formation of four on the right. Then, a few minutes later, a great blue heron dropped by to say hello. The heron is on the ground just to the right of the thick brush on the bank of the pond in the center of the photo. (I made the photo extra large, so click on it and you'll get a much bigger image.)
Alayne keeps binoculars and a copy of the "Pocket Naturalist Guide to New Hampshire Birds" on the window sill in the kitchen just for these kinds of sightings. I stepped out on the back deck to get these photos, at which point the geese broke formation and started honking the alarm at my presence up above. Photos in hand, I retreated inside, and the geese went back to quietly paddling about the pond. Before long, though -- while we were eating breakfast -- all the birds had flown off and the pond was quiet and still again.
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