Wild ducks

I had so hoped to keep you all up-to-date with life on the farm but the problem has been that life on the farm has been so busy there has been no time for anything else. The beginning of the year is always our busiest time with the demands of the newborn lambs and their mothers. Ewes always seem to give birth in the early hours rather than in the middle of the day.

Of particular note this spring has been the increasing number of wild ducks sitting on eggs in the most peculiar of places. One decided to set up their nest in the lambing pen which we dutifully cordoned off but the prize must go to the duck that decided the hay rack was the safest place to lay its eggs. However, when the sheep eat the hay the duck has no nest and yet she continues to stay there!

Wild duck sat on her nest

We have also had ducklings stuck in a drain which we rescued. And the latest sighting of ducklings was on Sunday when I happened to look out of the window to see mother and 10 ducklings go past; I have no idea how they got there as the small garden is fenced in and I had to let them out!

Mother duck & her 10 ducklings

Wait for me!


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