When our friend Monica called to let us know that a Mute swan had been seen swimming in some flooded fields in West Monroe. near the Ouachita river recently we seized the opportunity to join the quest. As it happens we didn’t see the swan, but we met up with her, saw some fine water birds and hawks and we did do some more fish watching.

Grass carp feeding in a flooded field near the Ouachita river, West Monroe, Louisiana. C. Paxton image and copyright.

Grass carp feeding in a flooded field near the Ouachita river, West Monroe, Louisiana. C. Paxton image and copyright.

Grass carp are a large vegetarian species introduced from China to reduce invasive aquatic vegetation.