Yesterday, there were hundreds of ducks in McDuck Lake just behind our house. I led a group of about 20 Trilogy Birders into the wetlands to view this incredible site. We saw hundreds of Mallards, American Wigeons, and Northern Pintails. We also saw a few Hooded Mergansers, Ring-necked Ducks and Buffleheads. Why were there so many ducks? Last week the farmlands of the Snoqualmie Valley were flooded. Thousands of ducks came to feed and generally hang out. As the flood waters receded, the ducks needed new real estate before their Spring migration northward. Many of them decided to come to McDuck Lake. And as always, ducks, I mean birds of a feather flock together.
In the evening, the feature presentation for the Trilogy Birders meeting was a book reading by Connie Sidles. I had never been to a book reading before. I thought they were designed for old ladies that were enthralled by romantic fiction. But I really enjoyed Connie’s presentation. Connie is a small unassuming woman that knows the birds of the Montlake Fill as if they are part of her family. Her stories are not just about birds, but rather about how bird stories relate to and differ from our own stories. Before she began reading, she told us it was OK to slouch. Those instructions were all that I needed to transport out of the march of time and into a timeless place where children wander and only the story matters. I felt like a child listening to a parent or teacher read from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
I was enthralled by her stories. I bought her book In My Nature and had her sign the front cover.