Driving home you pass the road to Olness Pond - where I have never been and mean to go - before you get to the river crossing, and on the right there is a place where the ice jam river floodwaters have receeded leaving a pond. I cannot remember if it stayed a pond the summer through last year, it may be that as the sun warms and the ground thaws, the water will go elsewhere. But for now there is a pond.
And on that pond yesterday evening, their long necks disappearing under the water as they ate, a pair of swans were vsiting the mallard couple for a dinner engagement.
This morning driving in, they still were there. I hope they stay and nest.