.....and they took flight.
They didn't go far, just around a few bends in the river, so I followed the path, hoping to catch a few more shots of them.
Just a little way along I found this pair, and a male mallard duck.
They swam away from me, around the first bend....
....before they took flight. I wondered if they were the same pair my daughter and I had seen in that spot the week before, and if perhaps they were nesting in the area. I'd love to find a nest with eggs when and if they do. I've looked in previous years, but haven't been lucky enough to find one yet.
Continuing around the bend, I found some of the first group in a cornfield. Of course, they weren't going to hang around and pose for me....
They're so beautiful in flight.
Walking back I noticed this little creek, which runs into the river, had ice along the edges....
......forming some interesting patterns.
The skeletons of last summer's milkweed pods still stood on the creek bank.
There's the old barn next to the shale bed.
There was still plenty of ice where this creek runs through the culvert under the road.
Mother Nature has only allowed us a few warm, sunny days so far....little tastes of spring to tease us. We've had rain, mud, and gray skies for the most part......even snow flurries for the past couple of days. And the frigid winds just won't go away!