For the past few days, since the real cold set in, there's been a growing number of mallards on the west bank of the Little Ark. They keep busy, too, bathing and mating. Yes, they're mating already. The Great Horned Owls are busy with that business as well. At least the hooting is continuing later in the morning, so I believe they're getting together, and that's prior to their scheduled February romances. The owls are great ones for celebrating St. Valentine's Day.