100_4006edcrop100_4265edcropFor a few years now, the Mallards have been returning near the end of March to meet, feed, and mate.

This April, sometimes six or more green-topped males have gathered in their colorful breeding plumage. Fewer females are mottled white on brown.  Often only one is visible.

The frequent commotion of quacking, snapping, and chasing to flight has mostly settled now to an atmosphere of waiting.  Even expectation.

Are some little Mallards on the way?