a good soaking

The sky grew darker this morning, culminating in a friendly thunderstorm – nothing too dramatic, but with enough of a punch to make you smile. Our mallard couple is back again, along with two single (male) friends, enjoying the wetness, the mud, the open water on our pond (though there is still some ice below the surface). Even the non-web-footed birds seemed to enjoy it – cardinals ruffling their feathers at our feeder, calling out to each other. When the rain died down, the squirrels returned a little grumpy, and slightly dishevelled, but rinsed clean.