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Something doesn’t love a duck

Nature really has the last word when it comes to life and death around the pond. We noticed Mama Duck flying off suddenly last Sunday afternoon, then we saw there were no eggs left in the nest. No sign of struggle or evidence of what creature feasted on the eggs. In a way, I’m glad […]

Fowl News

Stop worrying, you bird people! Mama mallard made several more visits to add to her egg collection and, as of Thursday, she’s been sitting on them full-time. Except when scared away by dogs a couple of times — but we’ve confined the canines to viewing from a distance now. She tolerates us walking into the […]

Mothers and Children

A few days ago, I noticed a nest on the ground on the little island in the middle of our backyard pond. Two days later, I saw that the nest had been disturbed and no sign of the eggs remained. I suspected a fox or a raccoon had found them. Then, this morning, the nest […]

Wild Life

The garden is fully awake now, all budding and greening up, and we’ve had several visitors to the pond. The heron is so touchy I’ve only seen it in full flight from a distance, but a pair of mallards are much more tolerant (except when the dogs go to greet them). My greenhouse project came […]