Whew! Must say, I'm glad to be past that last post! I have worried ever since hitting the publish button, and to make up for it (kidding, of course) is my last and final look, up into the snowball bush :)
Couldn't resist just one more. Some of the balls were as big as my head...course, I have a small head. :)
Hope you all are still speaking to me after my last post.
Oh, we have baby Wood ducks! So yesterday, on our usual walk around the pond with Eli and Ellie
we rounded the corner and frightened mama duck and what looked like 10 to 15 teeny tiny newly hatched babies. Mama duck dove into the water and babies tried to follow...we quickly turned the dogs around and hurried away.
We've had a duck box up several years and this is the first time a Wood duck has successfully left the box with a brood of ducklings. How adorable!
I Googled and found out there are many predators of baby ducks; foxes, hawks, cats, turtles, and large mouth bass and we have all the above. Also read that 90 percent of baby ducks will die before they are a week old. Made me very sad.
Thankfully, there are lots of safe places for mama duck to hide. Yellow water Iris surround the pond...
more Iris...Hard to believe all this came from the one water Iris we bought at Lowes in 1996...
I went to sleep last night worrying about mama duck trying to protect her babies through the long dark night. It is 64 degrees this morning so she probably has them tucked under her wings for warmth.
Had lots of yellow to talk about...this is a cow pasture just up the road...
It is simply covered in tiny yellow flowers and dotted with black cows...
This farmer has hundreds of acres and hundreds of cows so this is just a glimpse from the car window.
Thank you dear friends