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Baby Mallards


What a surprise I had today, pottering in the garden around 9am and noticed this sight.

Mum and baby mallards. No idea where they’ve come from. Trust Mum to take them onto the swimming pool rather than onto the pond. Immediately knew the babies wouldnt be able to get out of the pool :(

Mum flew out and tried to call them out …. impossible for them.

Texted my daughter who was in the house for assistance. We fetched a plank so the ducklings could escape

4 of them got out and because 2 didnt, Mum went back in followed by her babies. Second try, all got out expect for one, so we got him out with the net as Mum and ducklings were heading towards the pond, he soon caught up.

Finally, reached the pond.

Mission accomplished, just hope they stay safe.

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So cute. How nice of you to jhelp the ducklings with the plank, and getting the last one out with a net.

I love ducklings.

13 May, 2011


Hi Alex, lovely arent they, was thinking we weren't due to have any this year. It wasnt easy, Mum was getting anxious when we were trying to help.

13 May, 2011


Brilliant Dawn, I don't blame them for liking the luxury of the pool, still they look really good on the pond.

13 May, 2011


Awwww Bob, thank you. Hope they stay safe now.

13 May, 2011


I'm sure they will Dawn with you keeping an eye on them. You're so good to them. Must add this to my favourites.

13 May, 2011


so enjoyed your blog Dawn, so cute and glad you were about to assist mum, bet you will be checking from now on till they grow, lovely pictures to :o))

13 May, 2011


Oh Dawn they are so cute, good job you were there to help them out :-)

14 May, 2011


lovely blog :o)) loved your idea of plank to assist escape .

14 May, 2011


How lovely! I love this blog! In Florida they get snakes and crocs in their pools! I think I much prefer ducklings!!

14 May, 2011


What a lovely blog Dawn , the ducklings are so cute a great idea to use the plank to rescue them , I hope they have learnt their lesson and keep to your big pond in future . :o))

14 May, 2011


I would imagine that chlorine would be very damaging to their waterproofing on their feathers......I hope they know what's good for them!

14 May, 2011


How lovely, Dawn and certainly your good deed of the day. : o )

14 May, 2011


What a shock you must have had seeing them in the pool and how lucky you were there to assist Mum in rehoming them somewhere sensible, even if she didn't appreciate it at the time!
I hope they stay safe too and whould like to see some pics as they grow if you manage to get any :o)

14 May, 2011


Wonderful, Dawn, I had to laugh at this blog. Made me realise that I had it easy when my 'family' hatched recently :)

15 May, 2011


Thanks everyone. Would you believe the next day all had vanished. Mum must have moved them on again. I hope they're ok wherever they are.

17 May, 2011


very something out of one of those send in your funny video shows..great blog and thanks for sharing

20 May, 2011


What a lovely story and piccies, Dawn. I think if I were mommy duck I'd pick that gorgeous pool for a swim too...although as Karen says it may not be the best place for the ducklings with the chlorinated water.

Too bad they've not stayed at your pond...perhaps they will return again...just packed their bags and gone on a jaunt for a little

20 May, 2011


Hi Skip, if you'd have seen my daughter and me trying to steer them towards the pond, it would have been well worth filming, lol.

Hi Whiston, it would be nice if they returned but its all about nature I guess.

20 May, 2011


Don`t know how I missed this one Dawn, I`ve had a grand time reading and will admit a chuckle as well....

6 Nov, 2011


Glad you like it Lin - if they'd stayed around a bit longer it would have been nice but it was nice they visited.

8 Nov, 2011


This is so gorgeous. Happy endings!!
We have a pair of mallards who visit us every year. We have a very small pond but they like a swim and a poke around in the depths.
I feed them birdseed as well, but they have never nested here.
Sadly, since we have had our cat who we got from a rescue centre they don't visit so often!!
Can't blame them really, but I do miss them. Sometimes they used to stay all day just sitting about the garden and dipping in the pond, but they don't do that any more.
I wouldn't be with out 'Willow' though now that we have got her. She is 14 years old, but very fit and so beautiful.

24 May, 2013


Hi Shirl. It must have been so nice to have the ducks. We have them come and go and its quite sad when they do go. I was suspecting a female mallard was nesting somewhere in the garden but no signs of babies yet. Our two cats cause havoc too, it's difficult. When the mallards have nested in the past, its sad to see their baby numbers dwindling by the day - I think the fox must take alot. I guess that's nature. :-(

28 May, 2013

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