As I walked down the footpath at the Swamp I could hear other people talking. The voices grew louder as I crossed over the bridge. Standing in the path was a woman and a small boy. He looked to be about 6. He was telling his mother in a very excited voice that he had seen a duck in a tree. The mother was patiently trying to explain that ducks are in the water not in the trees. The little boy was adamant. He kept repeating in a loud voice that he “really, truly” saw a duck in a tree.
As I drew near them, the mother looked at me and shook her head. She smiled a tiny smile.
“Kids.” She said.
I leaned down to the boy. “Where did you see the duck?”
He pointed back down the path. I scanned the trees with my binoculars and sure enough he was right. Back in the trees, fairly high up, was a male Wood Duck.
I turned to the woman and said, “He’s right. There are ducks in trees. That one is a Wood Duck.”
“Here use these.” I let her and the boy use my binoculars.
She looked at me incredulously and followed my pointing finger. “I have never seen a duck in a tree before,” she said. She turned to her son and apologized for doubting him.
The little boy smiled a gigantic smile as they moved passed me on the path.
As they rounded the bend, I heard him say, “I told you there were ducks in the trees.”