The wood duck is the official state waterfowl of the State of Mississippi.
The Great Blue Heron, Wood Duck and mallard pair were in the same area as the first time I spotted them. The Great Blue Heron immediately flew off, and the wood duck started chirping a warning call. The mallards "hid" behind some branches overhanging the water.
I stopped at the Sudbury River in Ashland on the way home and spotted some bluebirds, juncos and a European starling. This bluebird preferred the highest branch on the tree. Note to self: birding near an active train station can be frustrating!
"When Nature made the Bluebird, she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast." ~~John Burroughs