The ducklings have arrived and there are 11. They started hatching out late on Tuesday 2nd Nov and by Wednesday afternoon they were being taken for a walk. Then on Thursday afternoon the nest had been abandoned and so I removed the eggs from the nests that had not hatched (11 of them). Ever since then, we've been trying to get a few glimpses of yellow fluff, without disturbing the mums too much. They travel as a group, two mums and 11 ducklings. It is so funny when they come down these steps. The mums kind of waddle down but the ducklings sort of walk, sort of slip, sort of just tumble.
At only a few days old the ducklings often still try and sleep under the mum. She lets them arrange themselves and when ready she kind of sits down on them. I guess its safe and cozy under there and they aren't visible to predators. Kind of squishy though.
Two ducks sitting on the nest (October 2011)
Drakes - a short history since 2006 (October 2011)
Nesting ducks (October 2011)
I was wrong - not once, but twice (December 2007)
Duckling arrived (November 2007)
Sitting ducks (November 2007)