Latest update: 3rd July 2015
Photos from the garden in 2015 of visiting mallard ducks, no nest yet this year.
Older Photos of Garden Ducks - 2014
18th March 2015, first visit by a Mallard this year.
Now joined by his mate.
The female duck looking for food.
Now joined by her mate. The female spends one or two hours a day here, so may
be nesting elsewhere, The boy comes and goes
during the day, awaiting her return.
Lucy the dog no longer frightens the ducks.
The two ducks looking for food.
9am, just got up, the ducks see me at the kitchen window from the pond, get
out and come charging down the lawn looking for food.
This is behavior from earlier years, they've been here before. It happens a couple more times in the evening.
The boy sitting on the island, patiently waiting for his mate to return.
The duck nest hole on the island has fresh straw, but the female
has not shown any interest in it yet.
Feeding time for the ducks.
16th April 2015, the pair of Mallards are still coming back for food at least once a day, for an hour or so, but no interest in the nest.
Sometimes they sleep for longer on the island.
The nest has now almost disappeared under foliage, pity she's not using it.
If I don't go and feed them, they wait on the lawn to be more obvious.
28th April 2015, sometimes they sit on the bank behind the pond.
12th May 2015, later in the spring, with females often sitting on nests, the
male ducks start hanging out with each other, two boys on
the pond. The female is still coming back in the evening, but maybe sitting on a nest elsewhere during the day.
Wide view of the pond and island.
An a few dozen Comet goldfish. .
19th June 2015, 9pm, the Mallard pair come back for dinner most evenings for an hour or so. No idea where they spend the day.
25th June 2015, 9pm, almost the last visit, plenty of bread and fish sticks
to eat, don't seem hungry. The island is now so overgrown,
even of there was a duck nest in there, we'd never see it. The water level should be above that york stone slab, there is a leak
somewhere in the rubber pond liner, probably on the island due to that lush growth. Need to go paddling to find the leak.
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