Here is another photo of the Goldeneye pair which gives you a better look at another key field mark, the row of white spots along the side. A sewage pond may not sound like a very attractive place to visit. Well, the ambience isn’t the attraction. Birders go to these ponds because lots of ducks, geese, and shorebirds are attracted to them. Sometimes these ponds are the only water to be found in the area. In Grand Rapids that isn’t the case, but the ponds do stay open all winter. The early migrating ducks can find some open water there and they aren’t likely to be disturbed.