Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ah... the first day of Spring!

This was the way my flower bed looked on Thursday. Note mama duck sitting on her nest...

I thought she knew I was there, but when my camera "clicked" she got startled and flew off, leaving behind the "triplets" for me to take a picture of.

I wish I had taken a picture yesterday because I could see that she had laid at least two more eggs (there may have been one more buried but I didn't want to disturb the nest to look). I knew it was going to get cold and snow overnight, so I took a stick and pulled the sides of the mulch nest up higher to try and protect the eggs, and even put a little more on top of them. I know she was fine with that because I saw her sitting on them later.

This morning, this is the sight that greeted me when I opened the door to check on her:

She must have been in the process of moving the eggs somewhere else, because this is what it looks like now:

I think she must know this one won't survive because she very obviously left it behind. The snow has blown away any trace of her tracks so it's been a while since she has been back to the nest. I hope she found a warm place to put her babies.

The ducks are supposed to live here:

Once we laid the rock to keep our yard from being absorbed by the water, the ducks had a harder time laying their eggs and making their nests. Last year about this same time, I noticed one lone egg on our sidewalk so I think they were trying to create a nest out front then, too.

The first day of spring is not supposed to look like this, especially when it was shirt-sleeve weather yesterday...

1 comment:

Rae said...

Oh I hope her eggs survive. It looks pretty brutal with that snow there. I always worry about the animals outdoors - especially when the weather turns bad so suddenly like yours did.