The land is a bit hilly around here, crossed by streams and dotted with ponds. The natural run off crosses our front pasture. In the summer when the ground is hot and dry, that low area is still moist and green. In the spring when the ground is saturated with rain, water gushes through the culvert under our driveway and spills into the pasture, and the moist low land becomes a pond.
Two days ago it poured, and our spring pond is back. A couple of mallard ducks decided it looked like a good place to settle down, maybe raise a dozen kids. They were out there all day, swimming and checking out their new digs. Good neighborhood, tasty weeds, lots of room for kids to play. If they decide sharing the pasture with three horses isn't a problem, they may stay.