7:27:59 AM

After filling the feeders and scattering corn, instead of the usual
pack of squirrels a small flock of mallards came – fourteen of them,
in seven matched couples. They walked quickly across the yard,
all business, irritated with the snow. But when they discovered the
corn they stopped… and then ran around the feeder, ducking under
the corn crib, diving eagerly after kernels, piling snow upon their
bills, happy.