Mid-January at the Rhododendron Garden

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This raptor was sitting on the puniest tree.

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And then I accidentally scared him! Too much staring, I guess.

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A while back, I took a nice, long walk at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens. It’s so close to where I live, it’s my favorite place to go.

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I couldn’t believe that there were flowers. This was in January, mid-January. In Michigan, everything would be brown and barren, and probably covered in snow. On the one hand, it’s refreshing to see flowers; on the other hand, it’s discombobulating. I actually had a nightmare where I saw flowers in the winter and I was confused about what season it was!

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See? Even the Rhododendrons are blooming.

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The rest of this post will be pictures of ducks. Above are some wood ducks hobbling along.

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The Canada goose posed quite nicely for me.

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This Greater Scaup is showing his beautiful colors.

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An American Wigeon squeaks like a dog’s squeaky toy.

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Do you see the ripples emanating from Mr. Duck? Well, it is because this Gadwall is meticulously kicking the underwater area to bring up tasty morsels of food. It’s quite cute to see.

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Hello, fuzzy squirrel.

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Wow, look at the sky. Wait, shouldn’t it be raining?

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Some gorgeous trees.

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Flowers on the trees, but the bathrooms are closed.

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And here is probably a California Gull (correct me if I’m wrong). Alongside a cormorant. I don’t know if you can zoom in, but you might be able to see the bright green of the cormorant’s eye. Spectacular!

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One crazy coot. Check.

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A large flock of waterfowl.

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I came across a busy Spotted Towhee. He didn’t want to pose for me, which is quite understandable.

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He finally posed for me, but I didn’t get the camera in focus! What a pretty bird.

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As the sun was setting, the squirrels scuttled around, and I made my way back home.

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