Mom had a chuckle when she looked out the window this morning and saw the 'lawn care service' hard at work. They not only trim the grass and eat the seed heads but they fertilize as they go :) These are the three families of geese that visit our pond - this year they had 2,4 and 6 babies which are now all so grown up it is hard to tell them apart from the adults.
And a big thank you to Chester who told us the name of the birdies we saw at MY park the other day - they are called Gallinules and the ones we saw are actually babies. As they get older they will get more color on their heads. Here a bit of information we found about them. "They are the most widely distributed member of the rail family, the Common
Gallinule inhabits marshes and ponds from Canada to Chile, from northern
Europe to southern Africa, and across Asia to the Pacific. Vocal and
boldly marked, the species can be quite conspicuous, sometimes using its
long toes to walk atop floating vegetation. Juveniles are brownish-gray with drab maroon bill and no frontal shield."