November 26, 2021

This morning my better half and I walked over to the horseshoe pond next to the Stone House in the Bear Creek Greenbelt.  We saw dozens of Canada Geese, several Mallards, several Hooded Mergansers, and almost twenty Northern Shovelers (all tucked up asleep on the water), but the thing that made our jaws drop was a squirrel that swam across the pond.  How is it that neither of us–given all our years in Florida with numerous lakes, ponds, and creeks, not to mention squirrels–had ever seen a squirrel swim?

Northern Shoveler

Hooded Mergansers

In the afternoon I checked out the tiny pond west of Estes.

Ring-necked Ducks