We arrived home from our trip down South a couple of weeks ago to find a new family had moved in while we were gone.
Mama and Papa Mallard ducks have decided this is where they want to raise their future ducklings. They were a little alarmed when we returned–the garden pond is right next to several windows–but we gave them space and they quickly got used to us. They probably spend about 80% of their time swimming or laying by the pond. Several times a day they stroll back to the bird feeders to clean up any spilled seed. I’m really hoping they nest and we get to see the little hatchlings.
A couple of days ago I was walking about the yard assessing what of my many outdoor projects I would tackle next when I looked up to see duck, duck, frog! Three of them in a row sunning themselves on the rocks. Crazy me, but I got the same sort of warm fuzzy feeling when you see your kids playing nice together! A little bit of harmony in nature in my own backyard 🙂