Recent rains are now giving birders something to smile about, the return of some wetlands. I went out to check on the Fairview Wetlands in South-East Salem this morning to see if the rain had made any difference. The last two times I was there the “wetlands” were bone dry, and so of course without any water fowl, but this morning there was some water in the lower pond and eight Mallards were enjoying it. Hopefully we will continue to get more rain and add water to the wetlands. Hard to believe that I am looking forward to more rain, but in this case I know it will mean more opportunities to observe birds.