I love finding returning ducks during March. My first sighting ever in my own local area was of a Hooded Merganser on March 7th., 2007. Today is March 7th and as soon as I post this I shall go out looking in my favourite open water pond location. I have a special duck project this year. I often hear about people who have ducks appear in their yards and I would love to experience that, so during the past year I had been on the lookout for duck decoys at flea markets and yard sales. I was lucky last fall when I found a laundry basket full of decoys for just $10 and of course I bought them. They have overwintered in our basement and yesterday I put them outdoors on my side lawn. I had also bought two ceramic ducks in August at a flea market. The ceramic ducks are outside now also. The decoys are placed where I can see them easily from my kitchen window. Also yesterday I bought a package of cracked corn to scatter about the decoys. I have my fingers crossed that some
I have also placed a duck decoy beside the still frozen runoff brook to see if it garners any interest.
This beautiful colourful , ceramic decoy looks a bit different from the others, hopefully it
might attract a cruising Mallard.
Other than returning ducks my interest recently is focused upon finding White-tailed deer feeding in open fields and meadows adjacent to woods. I saw a group of deer in a different location yesterday so I will check out that location this morning. Maybe I will be lucky and find deer there again today.