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May 23, 2012

A Duck Flew Out of My Garden!

On Sunday, a duck flew out of my yard.
I didn't think anything of it.
Then on Monday, hubby mentioned he saw a duck fly out of our garden.  I did think something of it!

We investigated and found this egg!
 And mama duck watching over us from nearby.

Then she came back ... and left behind another egg!
Then we didn't see her the rest of Monday - or Monday night - or Tuesday morning.  We determined she must have deserted the nest.

Then Tuesday night there were three eggs! 
She hadn't deserted it!  (or us)

Wednesday the eggs were all covered up!  It was time for google. 

We discovered "Help...There's a Duck Nest in My Flower Pot!" - and learned all about ducks! and their eggs! and their nesting habits!

Our duck is laying eggs and keeping them at a constant temperature until they are all there (up to 12 or so!) and then she will begin the approximately 28 day incubation where she stays on the nest.  There's lots more cool info at the link - go read it!

And once the ducklings hatch, they pretty much leave us! and head off to water where they can feed off the water-life.


  1. That is so neat! We live on the lake and often see ducks with their ducklings but we've yet to spot any nesting sites!

    1. If it weren't for the ducks being frightened and leaving our garden, we never would have known they were there. They are VERY well hidden. The mom covers the eggs with her feathers and down as well as twigs and leaves. And even when she's sitting on it, she blends in so well that you need to know she's there to see her. :)

  2. I found this so fascinating!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. How very cool! I read my sons this post and they absolutely loved seeing the pictures! Thanks so much for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

    1. This year we have a robin's nest at the back door - 3 eggs!

  4. That is so cool, I didnt know that about ducks. Hope she has a healthy gagle.
    Have a great week!