The hide has been set up for a week or so now to catch this little chap – but then I gave up because water levels in the stream have dropped again and didn’t expect to see him until we had some rain. Hey presto, whilst eating lunch today, he arrives and stays for a good 15 minutes – long enough to get into position in the living room and get the sliding door open without spooking him.
Those little fluffy ducks are almost full grown now. Here they are on their evening march from the stream up to the big pond to roost overnight. They don’t look like Mum and 8 x Babies anymore – more of a mini flock of 9 ducks…they still follow her dutifully wherever she leads though! The main pic shows Mum keeping an eye on me while the ducklings sit motionless amongst the bullrushes as twilight descends.
We have five recently-fledged swallows in the wood shed at the moment. They have made a few flights in and out but seem to prefer perching on this scaffolding board while the parents zoom in and feed them.
Further to the previous post – tiny house vacant – this morning I had a wonderful surprise and found our Mallard Mum and her eight ducklings sailing around the big pond at Shangri La – who knows they may even have spent the night in the duck hotel!
Owl nest box from scrap plywood. 2011. Being sized up by a pair of Jackdaws as a potential “des-res”.