The gaggles of geese and masses of mallards have disappeared, replaced by pairs of birds moving up and down the river. It looks as though they are looking for nesting space. in one case, a goose appeared to be sitting on a nest on a small island, with two mallards hovering awkwardly nearby. Now that I have a sense of the foot traffic and predators – raccoons and fox, probably mink – I realize how few safe spots there are for ground nests.
This mallard pair may just be resting. I hope so. The drake is only about 6 feet from the path.