Having been hugely in awe of the Blue Tit mum and her devotion to her eggs and chicks recently, I have been astounded to see the reverse with two mallard ducks. A male and female started coming and sitting in the middle of my drive, the female occasionally looking enquiringly at the window whilst the male quacked under his breath.
As time went on I realised that the female was waddling with more gusto and ruffling her tail feathers more regularly forming a fan.
Quite magical to watch.
Then suddenly they stopped coming…
On closer inspection of the front border they had left a legacy for me…eight eggs, placed neatly in a group under a Cotoneaster but still in fullish view.
What to do?
They have not been kept warm now for at least 4 days and I am surprised the fox and squirrel have left them alone!
If only I had an incubator, but maybe not…eight chicks may be a few too many to care for!