Looking at Nature

About 15 days ago I was getting the newspaper off the driveway before work when all of a sudden a duck came charging at me. I am not much afraid of animals and ducks do not instill any fear in me. Even when they are flapping and quacking toward me. I picked up the paper and moved toward the duck. She proceeded to flap her way toward the middle of the front yard. That is when I became alarmed. She was nearly trampling the bunny burrow! She flopped around as if she wanted me to chase her and I turned back to the house. She came at me again with some more squawking. I figured she must be trying to make a nest in the front bushes. I walked on the porch peering into the shrubs but didn’t see anything. I went to work. That night I told Sparky about the duck attack. He simply made the hmmm noise. Fast forward a couple days. I came home from a Saturday shopping excursion with son#1 and Sparky informs me that a duck (surprise) has made a nest behind the hostas by the front porch. He admitted that he thought I had “made-up” or “exaggerated” the duck story. In essence he didn’t believe me. I was a bit hurt that he would think that I was lying. I attribute his attitude to the latest National Geographic magazine titled Why We Lie: The Science Behind Our Deceptive Ways but I digress. Back to the duck. There are 8 eggs in the nest. (Update: the total is now 10 and she isn’t budging from the nest.)

When Sparky took the Saturday afternoon photo he managed to completely rile mama duck. As a result she flew off. I looked out the front door several times over the course of the day to see if she had returned – a big nope. I checked again around 9:00 PM when it was just getting dark and she was still missing. The next morning I peeked out the window and there she was hunkered down on the nest. Just before leaving for church I snuck around the corner and snapped a quick photo of mama duck sitting on her nest.

She has been diligently sitting on her nest and we have been carefully avoiding the front porch. I have to give her credit, the color of the mulch against the antique brick help camouflage her and the nest. I’m hoping the cat that is marauding around the neighborhood doesn’t come around until mama and her soon-to-be brood have moved on. I plan to get a couple photos of the ducklings after they hatch. I’ll keep you all posted. And the bunny story will be coming soon.

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21 thoughts on “Looking at Nature

    1. No. She hadn’t started incubating the eggs yet and laid a couple more before she got down to business. She was having a break tonight – covered the nest up with some extra mulch and no doubt was getting something to eat. She sat on the nest all day in the hot sun. When I got home she was panting. As soon as the sun dipped down she made her escape. She is now back on the nest and looking refreshed…

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    1. It is a regular zoo around here. We have the bunnies and the duck with soon to be ducklings, the black cat with a couple of kittens and a horde of chipmunks. We put the trap out to catch some of them and caught a baby opossum instead. I don’t care what FB says opossums are not cute or nice!

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  1. Aw! 🙂
    “Make Way for Ducklings”! 🙂
    How wonderful! It will be so much fun to see the ducklings after they hatch!
    We can learn so much by watching Mama birds care for their babies! 🙂
    I look forward to hearing about “Pat the Bunny”! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I guess I have children’s books on my mind! 🙂

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      1. Oh, sweet! 🙂
        I’ve never (yet) had a personal “make way for ducklings” moment…but, in my yards I get “make way for bunnies” moments and “make way for doves” moments, and “make way for butterflies” and “make way for geese”… etc.! 🙂

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      2. No photos this year They are very skittish. We get quail, too, raising their babies in the backyard. The bunnies and frogs come to the front yard. I’ll have to see if I have photos from last year of any of these Summer creatures. 🙂

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    1. I’m hoping they make it to water once they hatch since we are a pretty far walk to the nearest body of water. I think there is a little water in the retention pond and one of the neighbors has a little fountain in their backyard… I loved that book but my favorite was The Story About Ping!

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  2. How wonderful she found the perfect little spot there to use for a nursery :-). It will be fun to watch them hatch out and follow momma duck. Next time Sparky will listen to you! peace & smiles

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  3. That strikes me as unusual, since I have normally associated ducks with bodies of water. Then again, “Make Way for Ducklings” was a childhood favourite of mine. Yes, opossums are things to be avoided.

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    1. There are small ponds nearby but the lakes are much farther away. We have a plan to get the babies into a large box and hopefully mama too so that we can relocate them to a proper lake – without the babies getting run over or picked off by the feral cats… No one wants to “make way” anymore.

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