duckling promenade

Two springs ago, our neighbor called to tell us we had a dozen mallard ducklings following their mother through our yard! I grabbed my camera and carefully made my way outside to snap a few photos of them! What an adorable sight!

Last spring, a mother mallard laid several eggs under a bush near our garage door. After being frightened by our cars coming and going, she abandoned her nest. We waited a day for her return, then we gathered them up and made our own make-shift nest for them by filling a small bucket with down from an old pillow and securing a light over them for warmth. We researched how to care for them and set a timer to turn them every few hours for weeks and weeks! Once in a while we’d hold the eggs up to a light to see their development and movement within their safe little shell homes.

Unfortunately not one of them made it. We were terribly disappointed. Our herculean effort failed to help them survive.

I wonder if that mommy will be back this year. In the meantime, I thought I’d share our pictures with you!  Enjoy!

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One Response to “duckling promenade”

  1. angie williams Says:

    Oh I can’t wait to show these to our grandaughter Tayler!!!
    How she loves the babies! Beautiful. i love you.

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