Ducklings ARRIVE ! June 2 - 2010.

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Apologies in advance so excited lots of pics in this blog !

6.45am sun not up and nor had I been for long when …

Look what came marching down the garden..

Having been nesting in our ivy for a month shes been quite an anxious mother , thats made 2 of us as using our pond as a nursery is brief.

Quite a trek a short pause to allow me to count 8 ducklings before ..

At first mother seemed a bit nervous of my presence so of course not too close let them have their baptism in our pond ..

Like little clockwork toys they soon find their way around ..probably kiss goodbye to a few pond plants but a small price for this .

After all this excitement .. time for a quick power nap.

Shes off again .. should we follow ? Think we have to its the law ..

Come on in kids the waters lovey ..

I can do that mum ..

This is great mum but getting a little tired now ..

Me too ..

Its a bit of a struggle but these branches help.

That was hard work.

What a day !

Comments

2 Jun, 2010
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aster said:

Absolutely fabulous ! Well done Jane,well worth the wait.She has done well 8 ducklings :)

2 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks Aster....they are still all here.....fast asleep under Mum at the moment.Been a lovely day in the garden for them..........

2 Jun, 2010
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geecee said:

That was magical, Jane, such lovely photos and so exciting to see all the activity. Hope you realise that as they had their baptism in your pond, you are both now Godparents :)

2 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks Gee...dont think I have stopped smiling all day !!! Godparents....aye...what a responsibility ! Lol

2 Jun, 2010
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sixpence said:

Brilliant each picture she does look a proud mum definately. Love the photo of them warn out lol and mum showing its ok to go in the water . You could write a book and turn it into a childs story would be great.

2 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

LOL...at one point she shoved one of theminto the water Sixpence....the others were already in and this one was a straggler.....so she pushed him in with her beak! The camera was on charge at the time...A book...now theres an idea .....

2 Jun, 2010
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david said:

What a fantastic blog to come home to after work, Jane!!!!

They are beautiful! Many congratulations on getting these amazing pics of them (and on your "new roles", too). :-)))

2 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks David...what a day! Took over 300 pics..thank goodness for digital !! Made my day...and she has stayed the night too ! The solar lights dont seem to worry her..babies all tucked up underneath..sitting on a patch of chamomille..sweet smelling ducklings !!!

4 Jun, 2010
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wagger said:

Enchanting!

4 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks Wagger.....they have now all gone to the river........

4 Jun, 2010
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simplylyn said:

Thanks for welcome Jane! Just browsing your blogs and love the gorgeous ducklings. We have similar ones taken at our daughter's . They have ducks,geese and chickens. The cocky little bantams are 'favourites'. Ha ha, spell check thinks I have 'spelt' that wrong but I am English!
We live in Cumbria, about 9 miles from Carlisle and I see that you are in North Yorkshire. Prior to our move almost 4 years ago we had always lived in the South of England.
Going to carry on browsing for a while before being whisked up to bed.
Regards Simplylyn

5 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Thanks Simplylyn...We used to keep bantams when we were youngsters.We called them " Banties "....and they roosted in an old railway carriage in our garden ! Dont ask...we have no idea what it was doing there or where it came from...it was just there ! Lol

5 Jun, 2010
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wol said:

Aren't they just great!?

6 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

They are Wol ! :o)

7 Jun, 2010
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lindalooloo said:

Hi Jane, Absolutely Fabulous. Could brood over them all day.lol. I agree with Sixpence, What wonderful pics for a childs book! In actual fact, I was buying a babies book for my niece who is expecting, with my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter in tow. I picked up one that had a red cover, not knowing what sex babes is and was politely told by my granddaughter "get the blue coverone" I thought she must know something we don't. It turns out she liked picture on cover which was of baby duck similar to one of your pics. So yes I definately agree with Sixpence. :o)

7 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

hi Lindalooloo...Thanks for your lovely comments.Yes,children certainly know what they like...and there cant be many that dont love ducks and ducklings ! In that respect...most of us have never grown up ! Lol

8 Jun, 2010
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lindalooloo said:

So true Jane. :o)

8 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

:o)

15 Jun, 2010
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lily said:

What beautiful pictures and how lovely to have them making themselves at home in your garden. What a privilege....thank you so much for sharing them.

15 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Oh Lily..it was a wonderful time ! Took loads of photos....what an amazing feeling.She flew off one time and left me with them ! Was on tenterhooks until she came back ! Duck sitting was never something I ever expected to be doing !!!

16 Jun, 2010
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lily said:

Ah well Jane you have all your lovely photos of them....any idea what has become of them? Last year I did a blog over on GoY about a duck we had nesting 15' up in our conifer hedge. In due course there were 8 babies running round our small garden! Sadly it was unsafe and totally unsuitable for them so we had to round them up and relocate them. Very few photos unfortunately....just memories. It looks as if your mother duck was far more sensible in her choice of nesting place.

16 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Hi Lily...They stayed one night but the mother was restless next day.We live next door to a rokery and every time a rook flew over she rounded the babies up and hid them under her ! She led them across the playing field and took them off to the river....a few hundred yards away ! I have been following their progress..and as far as I can tell there are 5 left....sad...but they have so many predators....

16 Jun, 2010
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lily said:

Well I suppose that's why they have so many babies, we'd be overrun with ducks if there were no predators. so sad though. I don't think any of ours survived either. Nature's tough isn't it? I had to bury a baby sparrow this morning, a victim of our cat. :o(( Fortunately she catches very few.

16 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Yes it can be hard..we have an opportunistic sparrowhawk which patrols the area regularly....it got a fledgling blackbird the other day....but would rather it gets the babies than an adult who may have a nest full of chicks....

17 Jun, 2010
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lily said:

It's tough to see a baby bird die but I guess you're right Jane.

18 Jun, 2010
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jane said:

Its just Nature...in the raw....lily.

22 Feb, 2011
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littlewren said:

this is one of the lovliest blogs I have seen.....what a privilege to have shared these amazing photos......thanks Jane...by the way how big is your pond?

22 Feb, 2011
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jane said:

Thank you so much Littlewren.So hoping for a repeat this year...if so it will be the third year running she has nested here in the garden.Warmer days are on the way.what a lot to look forward too. The pond is 25 x 15 and 3 feet deep in parts..shallower at the edges.Ray dug it out himself 4 years ago...what a job but its been the best thing done in the garden and a haven for wildlife. Last March it was literally covered with frogs mating and laying their spawn.Hope this winter hasnt taken its toll....

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