Latest update: 24th June 2014
Photos from the garden in 2014 of visiting mallard ducks, no nest yet this year.
Older Photos of Garden Ducks - 2013
11th March 2014, first visit by Mallards this year, just a boy on his own today, although the girl was here late last evening.
Next day both are here for several hours, very hungry.
The nest hole on the island is ready, but she ignore it.
Just getting used to the pond again after being away for eight months.
One the winter storms uprooted a tall fir tree in a neighbor's garden, so
when the tree surgeons took that away I also got the heavy
branch that used to sweep over the pond removed, it can now be seen fronting two rockeries at the end of the garden. The removal
of the fir trees and this branch have significantly increased sun light in the garden, good for plants, less good for algae in the water.
I'm sure these are the same ducks as last year.
They are quite happy sleeping on the island, but still not examined the nest.
If they get hungry, the ducks come up to the house looking for food.
Heading back to the safety of the water. They are spending several hours a day here, and some nights.
Clear wide shot of the pond now the heavy tree branch has gone, Lucy the dog
on her mat. Spring is a month earlier than last year, so
the daffodils are out in February and March.
20th March 2014, the girl is no longer spending much time here, just short
visits at night or dawn to feed, she is almost certainly
sitting on eggs in a nest elsewhere. So day time is now just short visits from one or two boys, waiting for her to visit.
17th April 2014, not often seeing the ducks during the day, they mostly come to feed at dawn and dusk, sometimes staying overnight.
But some days they do sleep here.
28th May 2014, a rare day light visit, usually dawn and dusk now. See the male on his own more often than the girl.
Always happy to come for some food.
5th June 2014, morning visit, here for most of the day.
But later in June back to night time visits between about 9pm and 10pm, where they complete with Wood Pigeons for a late meal.
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