The ducklings don't seem to be practicing their flying much. A couple of days ago they flew over the fence, but then when they wanted to return for the night they got all mixed up and just kept walking back and forth along the fence. The next morning they were back, but how could they forget that they flew over there in the first place? Even weirder, the mom was with them. Maybe she was letting them figure it out.
One thing I have learned is that ducks don't quack much. Only the mom quacks and just as a warning in a low voice. Even though the duckings look nearly full grown they still make little peeping noises and sort of gurgle when mom flies in. I love it when kids love their moms. Animals and humans both.
One more thing that is cute is they are pigeon-toed.
They were all back again by nightfall.
Still no drake. I hope he is okay.
I think it's kind of amazing that they can get those heavy bodies off the ground. Not only that, but the adults fly high and fast. They have to be really strong to do that. I think I read they fly around 40 mph.
Has anyone seen ducks in migration? I have seen geese, but I don't think I have noticed ducks. Not all of them migrate. Some do, so how come I haven't noticed them?
I should have noted that one afternoon before they began to glide into the pool from the wall. They all jumped to the ground and literally all of them landed on their faces except for the mom. Too top heavy, I think. None of them were hurt.
They seem to like rising out of the water and flapping their wings as a group but going no-where. There is a lot of group participation, which is a good thing. It keeps them safer and mom doesn't have to look all over for them. She wants to know where they are.
When she flies in from her daily visiting trip I have noticed she usually quacks just once - greeting her kids I guess. I wonder if they hear lower sounds than humans do. When the mom gives her warnings or makes a noise it is usually always in a low pitch.
Day before yesterday, all was quiet and all of a sudden the mom just took off and flew away. It surprised her kids, they were all looking around, stretching their bodies in the direction she had gone, and at each other as if to say, where did she go and what happened.
She is such a strong flyer she disappears quickly from sight.
The other three ducklings are stronger and braver than the shy one.
Just have to wait and see what happens. Hope nothing bad happened to them. After all the deaths of the baby duckling I had hoped they could keep the five intact as a family.
Watching animals, especially wild animals causes me anxiety. I wish mother nature was kinder.
It's surprising to me that there has been so much tragedy with the duck family being here in this haven of my backyard. I can't imagine what kind of death and destruction happens out in the open with new babies. It's sad.
Then yesterday evening, the mom appeared. What a relief. She is still here with the two remaining ducklings. I think what is happening is that she is taking one duckling at a time and leading them to the place she visits each day.
I was worried that if something had happened to her how would the two duckings still here find the place where the other ducks gather. They couldn't, so then what. Anyhow, by showing up, I was able to figure out what she is doing.
I had envisioned a scenario where they all took off at the same time with me waving goodbye. She's smart, she is doing it the safest way. I really admire her, she's a good mom.
I received a notice to get the pool back in order. A neighbor complained. Talked to the official and gave him a run-down of what has transpired. He was nicer after he heard the circumstances, but had no idea that it is illegal to remove the ducks. I was advised that in order to have the ducks removed a permit must be issued, but she added that she has never heard of anyone succeeding in getting one.
So, the official will get back to me. I was hoping that in the meantime the last two would leave with their mom and stay at the other place. I wish I knew where it was and I might consider trying to catch them and drive them myself. But, that might be traumatic for the ducks and to me too if I hurt one of them.
Waiting to hear what the official has to say.
The pool is so gunky that it will have to be drained, cleaned and refilled. Yuk.
No Bubba! That isn't going to happen. Why does it seem that Fish and Wildlife folks are anti-animal? His comment to 7 dead ducklings was, "oh well, they are a prey animal." OK yeah, but they feel fear and pain just like other living beings.
And, he made other comments that I didn't agree with. No sense arguing with him because it was easy to tell that he had closed his mind like a steel trap decades ago. What a perfect stereotype he is. Not unlike many a Christian I have met who have the same attitude. It's okay that animals suffer and die - after all, they don't have souls. Which, is something they cannot possibly know.
Some people are so dumb they will never learn!