By 10 a.m., the fog was gone and under a high, blue windless sky, so were the ducks.
The seagulls, a few pelicans and myriad shorebirds that found the mud-ringed lake to their liking winged past us.
But the only waterfowl in the air were a few high-flying, hunter-educated Canada geese.
Curiously, during the course of the morning, we never saw a wood duck and only a mallard or two.
In Nobles County, water can be a scarce commodity.
So can the ducks.
John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at (507) 344-6376 or by e-mail at email@example.com.