Latest update: 19th August 2019
Photos from the garden in 2019 of visiting mallard ducks, no nest yet this year, last ducklings were in 2009, so long ago. A Moorhen visited for a few hours, never happened before.
Older Photos of Garden Ducks - 2018
10th January 2019, unusual to have ducks visiting in January.
3rd Mach 2019, first visit by the Mallard mating pair.
4th Mach 2019, back again, and almost every day for spring.
Waiting for bird speed on the grass.
13th Mach 2019, the girl takes a look at the nest on the island. I did
find three eggs in the next a few weeks later, abandoned due to
poor weather this spring.
9th April 2019, always extra boys around, looking to mate.
11th April 2019, 7:45am, ducks are here early today, waiting for me to put out bird speed, which the foxes also eat.
18th April 2019, still coming back daily to mate.
22nd April 2019, water lilies and irises are growing well in warmer weather.
30th April 2019, first ever visit of a Moorhen to the pond, stayed a couple
of hours wandering around the edge exploring. Had a Coot
several years ago for one day, guess they see water when flying over between parks.
Ducks stay out of the way for the Moorhen, this is the crow waiting to steal their food.
Moorhen now exploring the far side of the pond.
1st May 2019, three boys for breakfast.
11th May 2019, not coming back as often now, perhaps the girl has a nest elsewhere, but do come for supper some evenings.
12th May 2019, sitting on the top stream, often looking for crustaceans to eat in shallow water, need calcium for egg shells.
22nd May 2019, the daily battle trying to feed bird seed to the ducks without also feeding the pigeons.
Pigeons are gathering.
25th May 2019, girl goes hunting on the grass for bird seed.
And wanders back to the pond.
12th June 2019, visits becoming rarer, just to feed, really hope she has a nest elsewhere.
16th June 2019, girl alone, usually means she is sitting on a nest and no longer mating. Last visit was 28th June.
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