We had a little bit of a surprise this weekend. While walking the dog mom joined me and we started talking about what types of trees we have in the yard. (We have one willow, one birch, one pine, three maples and two as yet undetermined, just in case you wanted to know) So we were walking into a section of the yard I don't normally take Maggie and she started sniffing at some of the bushes. I tried to pull her away, but she persisted and since I was talking to mom I let her sniff. All of a sudden this duck flew out at us! Actually, directly at mom who doesn't like ducks! We tried to shoo it away, but it wouldn't move. That made me think that it had a nest in the bushes. Especially because there is a pond right across the street that has very little ground cover around it for hiding a nest. I went back later and sure enough there she was sitting on her nest behind the bushes. I had to get very close to see her and I am very surprised she let me. She did move a little when I got too close and I saw a few eggs, but I didn't snap a picture quick enough. Does anyone know what type of duck this is? I tried looking online, but most female ducks look the same to me!
I e-mailed the pictures to my husband and he thinks we should put up a duck crossing sign after the eggs hatch. I would hate to have a duckling run over while she was trying to get them to the water.