There is a lake just down the road from us that is pleasant for walking around. Over the years, I've seen a lot of bird life come and go there. I've seen koi spawning and fish rescues when the lake flow is turned off and fish are stranded in isolated pockets of water.
There is always a Huey, Dewy, and Louie floating around and they are very bold. The lake used to be very popular for families to visit. Moms and dads used to arrive with kids in hand and bags of crackers and day old bread. But lately, not so much.
Several months ago, the campus PTBs posted signs all around the lake and park area warning that it was a federal offense and punishable with a high fine, if you were caught feeding the ducks. I don't know about you but I remember going with the kids to local lakes and ponds to feed the ducks. It was practically a right of passage. Now I see many fewer people enjoying the lake and the bird population is actually noticeably lower.
There must have been quite a little duck dust up because as I was walking I found myself in a literal pillow fight of feathers. This one was sticking straight from the ground like a wildly gone awry dart.
Today though, I had a happy surprise. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed movement and I saw two turtles sliding off a rock, startled by my approach. They had been sunning themselves.
I was lucky enough to catch this one though as it surfaced. Now, as I take my walks, I will look out ahead of myself and be on the watch for turtles sunning themselves.