Celebrating Mother’s Day on Griggs Reservoir

We decided to paddle Griggs Reservoir with the goal of hopefully seeing some unique wildflowers that populate the low shoreline cliffs. In addition, while the migrating waterfowl have long since left, we might see one of our favorite local residents, the Wood Duck. Considering the number that nest in the area, we were pretty sure we would also see a few Baltimore Orioles. Given the wind, which presented significant boats control issues, my wife was kind enough to take care of most of the photography while I took care of the boat.

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After a short paddle to the cliff area, we discovered the flowers we were looking for.

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Wild Columbine, Griggs Reservoir

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Wild Stonecrop, Griggs Reservoir

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European Bird Cherry, Griggs Reservoir

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Prior to setting up house keeping the male and female Wood Ducks always seem to stay together.

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Wood Ducks, Griggs Reservoir (Bob)

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Male Wood Duck, Griggs Reservoir

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A few other suspects, including a Black-crowned Night Heron, greeted us as we paddled on.

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Red-eared Slider, Griggs Reservoir

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Spotted Sandpiper, Griggs Reservoir

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Black-crowned Night Heron, Griggs Reservoir (Bob)

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But not to be outdone and as if they were celebrating Mothers Day in advance, the female Mallards decided to introduce their recently hatched ducklings. It was a real treat!

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Crossing Griggs Reservoir to safety, Female Mallard with ducklings, (Bob)

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Later we found them safe on the other side.

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One duckling decided it wanted to go exploring.

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Mom and the others followed.

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Heading for adventure.

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Mom kept an eye on the flotilla.

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This is fun!

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To swim or to climb?

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. . . or maybe eat!

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One mother Mallard seems to have an adopted duckling.

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A mother’s love!

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Very young and very cute!

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And not to be left out. The “Hey wait, what about me!”, Baltimore Oriole.

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A Baltimore Oriole at waters edge, Griggs Reservoir.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

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