In the pictures to the right the male Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) can been seen in the company of a female Bufflehead. The pair may be nesting in a tree near the pond they were photographed on. Bufflehead are the smallest diving duck in North America and like to nest in abandoned woodpecker holes. They can fit into a tree cavity with an opening of approximately 2.25 inches.
While near the pond in the picture, we heard a Sora (Porzana carolina). The Sora is a small marsh-bird that is widely distributed in North America, but is very secretive. It likes to walk among the reeds in freshwater marshes, feeding on seeds and aquatic vegetation. A group of Soras are collectively known as an “ache”, “expression”, and “whinny” of Soras. Also while we were in search of Bufflehead and Sora habitat to photograph, many Common Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) were seen sunning themselves along the shores.