I wondered if ducks were considered birds and the answer is yes. Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. So says WikiAnswers. Phillip and I were at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday and while he was feeding the geese, I couldn't keep my eyes off this Mallard. As common as they are across the country from the wetlands to the city park ponds, I'm always in awe of the male's iridescent dark green head and yellow bill, especially in the sunlight.
Last year was my first time to have a bird bath in the yard. It's an inexpensive plastic model that I bought at Stein Garden Center. The birds didn't seem to like it and I was disappointed, but this spring they've shown an interest in stopping in for a drink and an occasional bath. It looks like there's no water in the bird bath but trust me, there is. They lowered the water level with all their splashing.
This male cardinal was nestled in behind some daffodils, sitting on top of what will soon be the Black-Eyed Susans.
It pays to make the bed in the morning and while doing so, take a look out the window. You might see a wild turkey walking through the backyard. Wild turkeys are native to parts of Wisconsin and are common to abundant in the northeast part of the state. Spring is a good time to see and hear turkeys because it's their breeding season. I think this is a young male, as he was traveling alone and had a twinkle in his eye.