I walked into our bedroom to put something away, and movement on the lawn caught my eye. Sparrows, I thought, lunching with that Mallard hen. Then I did a second take: ducklings!
We had already seen a hatch of ducklings this spring, so I wasn’t expecting to see more. This is a different hen (her feathers are darker). The older ducklings had been brought to our lawn almost two weeks ago. Several days ago we had spotted them swimming behind a drake like a barge behind a tug. They were in double file, and shifted every time he did. They are almost twice the size of this new hatch…there was no mistaking them.
Welcome, little ones! I’m so glad your mom brought you over to be introduced.