There's an absolutely beautiful trail through a wood that's also a wetlands preserve set up by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. The path winds through a special area boasting over 250 species of plants and a marshy lake enjoyed by many migrating birds (not to mention frogs, turtles, fish, and so on).
Whenever we walk there, Baloo and I quietly sneak onto the observation platform overlooking the lake to see who might be visiting.
These ring-necked ducks were a treat to see.
Baloo just sat down and watched them paddle around. Happily, they didn't seem to be bothered by his rapt attention - or mine (although he glanced up at someone in flight just as I snapped this picture)!