I'm back in town and it is spring in Santa Clara County. I always like to walk along the creek at this time of year. This is the place where we released the pair of wood ducks that dropped down our chimney several years ago. (We were so busy getting them into a dog crate that I never got a photo.) Today a pair of Common Mergansers were lolling about under the golden buds, as the water caught the color from the sky.