Tuesday, December 8, 2009


The ducklings started hatching on Sunday morning.
These pics were taken through a window.

By Monday morning, the area had its first snowfall. And Mama Duck
had enough of her nest. She took the little ones, 14 in all, into the
backyard so she could find some food.

Don't the Papa Ducks look so proud?

Luckily, there it was only a dusting of snow, but the pond is almost frozen--
those babies are going to have to learn to swim another time. (We call that
white duck "Aflac".)

All in all, a Christmas miracle, I'm thinking. I really hope they pull through and
 survive with the odds stacked against them. Right now they're living in a
 drainage ditch to the pond, so they are out of the elements.
Sigh. I love a happy ending.


  1. I'm so glad they ducklings hatched and are protected from the cold. This is indeed a Christmas miracle.

  2. I am so thrilled that my know-it-all husband was wrong this time! Heather, I think you have the start of Christmas children's book here.

  3. Those pix are too sweet!!! Hope they are all ok. I'd be a nervous wreck watching them! Probably offer to bring them inside LOL

  4. Wish I could write a children's book--that would be fun. Unfortunately, I'm a little too wordy. Go figure!

    I am so worried about these ducks--like I don't have enough to worry about with my own kids. LOL!

  5. Those ducklings are a little miracle, indeed. I can't believe you (Mr. Webber) were able to get such great photos of the babies with their mama.

    sigh. Hope the wind won't bother them too much.