How Ducky, a temporary rain pond!
How Ducky, a temporary rain pond! April 7th we woke to find our rain pond had returned. Let me back up, every year about Spring time a certain area in our front yard turns into a pond. It is caused by heavy rainfall and stays with us for an abbreviated time. The water will disappear and the ground will become dry with lush green grass.
For several years now, during this time, we have been visited by one pair of mallards. They freely come and go as they please. They swim around, feed on the grasses, preen and sun themselves. I always look forward to this special visits. This year, the mallard pair arrived on the same day as our pond, April 7th!
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April 12th when I looked out I spied four ducks not two in the rain pond. Imagine my surprise when I realized a pair of wood ducks had joined the mallards! After about an half hour the female wood duck walked up to our road, the male joined her and off they flew.
Yesterday the pond remained very quiet, no duck was to be seen. Today however was another story. I hadn’t been up very long when I noticed the pair of mallards were here. Shortly after when I glanced out the window, I noticed a pair of wood ducks on the rocks at the edge of our driveway. How beautiful they were with the morning sun shining so nicely. Several vehicles went by our road and the pair was not concerned. However they did not like the school bus and quickly went into the water and hid in the rose bush. The water splash in this fourth photo is from the female jumping into the water.
After a couple of hours I saw the male boldly quack at the female and appeared to be pushing her to move along. Together they flew and exited our yard. The wood ducks swam around a spell and the last time I saw them they were resting on the rocks again. I did not see when they flew off.
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