Friday, June 26, 2015

A Just Ducky Morning


My morning, which should have been a catch-up morning for Farm Girl Vintage blocks and finishing a quilt binding, was spent instead watching this female mallard duck enjoy our pool. We have a very active bird feeder that might have attracted her, but apparently the pool is a big draw.

I captured her in this little video:


I've researched "ducks in a swimming pool" and found that it can become a problem, with ducks pooing in your yard and pool. But she is just so darned cute! I have an unobstructed view of the pool from my sewing room, and her antics are very distracting. She swims around, forages the tanning shelf on the shallow end where the odd bug or worm ends up, plus she quacks every few minutes like she is calling for her friends to come and join her. My guess is that she is looking for a place to lay eggs and nest. We don't have a lot of foliage in our back yard; it is all behind the fence, so that could be interesting.

Buddy (behind the wall) barked at her and chased her from one end of the pool to the other, but he's too wimpy to get in the water - lol!

We had ducks a few years ago when we lived on 3 acres, and they were so much fun. They lived around our pond, and we fed them, treated them like pets. They came running and quacking to my husband every time he went outside - he was quite fond of them. Unfortunately, we suspect they were eaten by foxes or racoons, because they simply disappeared one by one. Soooooo, my husband wants to encourage Mrs. Duck to stay.

I will keep you posted on our just ducky life!

7 comments:

  1. How lovely Linda! I like ducks and it is nice when it gets hot to know that they have somewhere cool to swim! Good luck with her!! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  2. I had a pool surrounded by a wooden deck and fence. The duck I had in the pool nested in my flower bed and had babies who joined her. Wish I still had photos. That was before computers and they have been lost. Nothing cuter than baby ducks!

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    1. I read this out loud to my husband - what a cute story! We talked about how we shouldn't encourage her to stay as we picked out cracked corn at the store - lol!

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  3. Lovely to see the little ducky, we've only ever had a couple of baby snakes in our pool.

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    1. Hi Dawn! I think I prefer the duck to the snakes. ;)

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  4. How sweet! We have tons of geese on our property because there is a large six acre pond on the edge of our place. It is so fun when they have babies and are all swimming together. Do your think theres any issue with the chlorine? Let us know if she nests and lays her eggs in the yard. Of course she'll need a daddy to help out.... ;-)

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    1. Your place sounds wonderful Bernie! Mrs. Duck was here off and on for 3 days then flew away and hasn't returned. Although we miss her, it is probably for the best.

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