On the last Friday in March, a mystery duck swam with a male mallard in the Discovery Pond at Jester Park, Iowa. I heard about the mystery duck from one of the park caretakers while I watched migrating ducks in a different pond.
The mystery duck had brown feathers on his body, iridescent green feathers on his head, and curled feathers in the back. He appeared slightly larger than his mallard duck friend.
I looked online for clues to his identity later. He is likely a domestic mallard or a cross between a mallard and another wild duck.
On the drive out of the park, I passed a bluebird pair house hunting, flirting, and feeding. The female bluebird stopped long enough to say “Hello!”
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