Duck!

"Duck!" is what I yelled on Saturday when coming home from another nursery visit (post tomorrow), a box of plants in hand, I looked back to the pond and saw this:


A duck! To be honest, it's my neighbor's duck. It's not a pet, but it's one of the two Mallard ducks that have been visiting her backyard for at least a year if not two. They like her messy bird feeder and small tub of water, and didn't seem to listen when she kept telling them that there's a nice little pond right across the street and down the hill. It seems they finally got the message!


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This is clearly the male, but where was the female?


Perhaps it's not one of my neighbor's ducks at all, but a third who has staked a claim on this prime real estate?

Orange feet are weird. Why doesn't your bill match your toes?

Oh, there she is!


She was resting on the lawn and I had to change vantage points a bit to see her. Here's where she was in relation to the male:


They hung around most of the day, then later I happened to look out the bedroom window to see them walking up the driveway...


...along the front sidewalk...


...then across the street and all the way up the hill to my neighbor's yard. (She's actually down a few houses but since we're on a cul-de-sac her driveway points at my house.)

It's a walk that will get your heart pumping, but I suppose it's easier than flying? Seems like a long walk for a duck.


Sunday was nice and sunny, and I was glad to see that they were both back at the pond again:


They lazed around for quite a while, choosing different spots in which to rest...


...and then it happened...


...they went for a swim!


There are ducks...swimming...in my pond!

Later in the summer when the water lilies and frogbit get thicker, I wonder if they'll still swim? It's such a wonderful thing to see yet another layer added to the wildlife attracted to my pond!


Now that I've seen ducks on my pond, it seems strange when they're not there. It just seems right.

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Maywyn Studio  – (April 27, 2015 at 8:49 AM)  

Wow! They're beautiful. What a thrilling experience. I hope they stay. Are you thinking bigger pond?

outlawgardener  – (April 27, 2015 at 9:14 AM)  

They're very handsome birds and you're lucky that they've chosen your pond. Will they eat your fish?

Alan  – (April 27, 2015 at 10:04 AM)  

Maywyn: I hope they stay too! No way I can make the pond larger.

Peter: I'm pretty sure ducks are herbivores so the fish are safe.

Mark and Gaz  – (April 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM)  

Finally! Hopefully you'll get more :)

Lisa  – (April 27, 2015 at 6:36 PM)  

We have a pair of ducks that finds our pond every spring for a few days. It is nice to see them when the show up!

I was cleaning up one of my garden beds this weekend (the mailbox garden) and found an egg concealed in the dried leaves. I think it may be a duck egg but I can't for the life of me figure out how it got there. We haven't seen any ducks hanging around lately and it seems like a strange place to leave an egg. Maybe a raccoon found it and buried it for later. I guess we'll find out!

danger garden  – (April 28, 2015 at 12:41 AM)  

Ducks! How exciting, I could hear you excitement in every word I read. I hope they are regular visitors.

Alan  – (April 28, 2015 at 6:24 AM)  

I read about duck nests yesterday, then dreamed that I found a nest. I'm not sure I could handle the excitement of ducklings in the pond...

Charlie@Seattle Trekker  – (April 28, 2015 at 6:01 PM)  

Nice to have wonderful friends like that who seem so comfortable dropping by.

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