After lunch, Katelynn, Sara and I took a walk at Josey Ranch Lake. Two Mallard Duck couples had ducklings. And we had the chance to observe one family a little bit closer. Mr. and Mrs. Duck decided, it was nap time for the offspring and let them rest after a swim on Josey Ranch Lake. Sara couldn’t get enough of their cuteness. See for yourself. 🦆
What you gonna do, when your 8-year-old and her 9-year-old friend walk with five ducklings in a box to your house and knock on your front door? That’s a good question. After we asked the girls, where they found them, Kevin and I were debating what we gonna do with the quintet. Then I released the ducklings exactly there, were the girls found them. I kept an eye on them, while they walked toward the creek. And that’s where I thought were they belong. I followed them with a safe distance. One was stuck under a car, because a cat “trapped” it. No duckling for dinner tonight, Mr. Kittycat!!! I startled the cat, and it ran under another car. But what did that little duckling? It follows that darn cat. After I blocked the way to the cat and its sibling called louder, the little duck finally reunited with the other four. I don’t know, if they made it. But all five waddled happily to the creek. Hopefully Momma Duck is waiting with the other siblings down by the water’s edge.
On Saturday, I saw a duck waddle around the Community/Church Garden. She didn’t want to go too far away from the potato bed in the Church Garden. One of the ladies, who volunteers in the Community Garden came over a little bit later. I told her about the duck. When we looked through the potato bed, we discovered a nest, with two eggs and two potatoes in there. I guess, when the duck scratched a little dent, the potatoes got “excavated” by her. Working on a border around in front of the Community Garden beds, we were far enough from the duck. The bird felt comfortable enough to sit on the nest. Later, when I checked again she must have gotten startled and flew off into the community across the street. We were worried, she wouldn’t come back, that day.
A few days later, the lady checked on the nest. This time the duck had laid several more eggs in the nest, and covered them up with some potato leaves and a few twigs. I was glad, when she told me about the duck must have been back.
After lunch I went over to the Community Garden, today. When I’m not sure if the beds need water, I always poke my finger into the soil. It still looked good. The duck was here. But she didn’t like it, when I moved around looking at the vegetables and the soil. So she flew off, again. … Maybe Ms. Daisy doesn’t like me ??? … 😦 😉 I used the opportunity to look at her nest. Yep, everything was still tucked in. After capturing a photo, I left the potato bed alone.
The Church Garden is coming along very well. The peas and tomatoes are in bloom; the first bell peppers are growing; the Swiss chard and carrots are getting bigger; and the onions are showing some bulb surrounded by soil. Our Community Garden seems to take a little bit longer. But we also started a little bit later.
Overall, I’m very happy with all this sprouting and a duck nest in the Garden.
UPDATE OF THE DUCK’S NEST on 05-03-2017: Sadly I must say, some critter must have found the duck’s nest and “stole” the eggs. One of the Garden Volunteer ladies found broken duck egg shells in the garden. Well, it was nice while it lasted. At least, a duck considered the Church Garden as a nesting place for her offspring.