It takes a village

My neighbors and I have combined to bring a duckling into the world, and more importantly, into my pond!


I've posted about the ducks before, how they hang out in my pond but then walk across the street to my neighbor's bird feeder. The deer and squirrels spill the seed and the ducks benefit. Another neighbor texted me about three weeks ago saying that ducks were building a nest in one of his planter boxes. One with a pond, one with the food, one with the nesting site.



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The nest was well hidden, and the eggs were covered with feathers whenever the mother left (to visit the pond or feed or get some "me time"):


I learned that mallard eggs hatch in 24 or 25 days, so I knew that this week would be the end of her sitting. Yesterday morning though I saw her sitting on my neighbor's lawn -- a strange spot indeed. My neighbor saw this:


A few broken eggs, and also one partially eaten duckling carcass. I'll spare you seeing that.

We were downhearted from that, but later in the morning I heard quacking at the pond and to my great surprise and joy saw that one duckling had survived!



The ducks really tear up the plants in the pond...


...and now mom is teaching the youngster how to do it:


Sigh.

It was difficult to get them both to pose in a good position at the same time...



...until they got out of the water:


I've actually not seen the little one climb out yet, so I'm not sure exactly how it manages.


It just does whatever mom does though, and things just work out.


I'm really hoping that this duckling survives. I already had to chase two different cats away from the pond's edge today -- mom's quacking alerted me to their presence.

Fingers crossed that you'll be seeing many more duckling posts in the near future!


Morning note: I heard quacking at 2:00 AM, and this morning I did not see the little one. The male was back though -- first time I've seen him in weeks -- so maybe they'll try again? 

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Rock rose  – (May 19, 2016 at 7:52 AM)  

It's sometimes hard to watch nature at work. But, it's nice that the duck considers your pond home and hopefully with only one to care for this little duckling will make it.

Mark and Gaz  – (May 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM)  

That's really sweet! Glad to see one survived.

danger garden  – (May 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM)  

Sadness then joy, and such cuteness!!! Thanks for letting them tear up your plants.

Maywyn Studio  – (May 19, 2016 at 11:15 AM)  

beautiful pictures!
Life in the wild is tough. Cats roaming free won't let anything survive that they can get their teeth into. Sad.

outlawgardener  – (May 19, 2016 at 1:13 PM)  

Sometimes male ducks will kill little ones (not eggs) too. So sad to see the broken eggs and carcass. Mother nature can sometimes be kind of a bitch that way.

Renee  – (May 19, 2016 at 9:59 PM)  

Cute duckling! Nature can be tough some times, but hopefully there will be more ducklings in your pond in the future.

Patsi  – (May 28, 2016 at 5:22 AM)  

This is so cool. Who dosen't love babies

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