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I am so embarassed.  I thought I had updated yesterday's duck story.

 

At first light for two mornings in a row about ten days ago I heard a loud disturbance on the pond.  Sometimes drakes are attempting to lure the females away from her ducklings for some attention. This can cause a lot of loud quacking and scuffling but a fox can evoke the same response. 

 

The first morning all was well and the duck and her several ducklings were present during the day.  The next morning, same time, a similar very loud event occurred, enough to rouse me a second morning. Alas, the family was attacked by a fox or coyote leaving only one duckling with the mom. Sadly, this is not unusual, similar to May's event of losing a duck and her eggs. Foxes, that everyone thinks are so cute, love eggs and duckling for breakfast.

 

 

New Lodging

I am so embarassed.  I thought I had updated yesterday's duck story.

 

At first light for two mornings in a row about ten days ago I heard a loud disturbance on the pond.  Sometimes drakes are attempting to lure the females away from her ducklings for some attention. This can cause a lot of loud quacking and scuffling but a fox can evoke the same response. 

 

The first morning all was well and the duck and her several ducklings were present during the day.  The next morning, same time, a similar very loud event occurred, enough to rouse me a second morning. Alas, the family was attacked by a fox or coyote leaving only one duckling with the mom. Sadly, this is not unusual, similar to May's event of losing a duck and her eggs. Foxes, that everyone thinks are so cute, love eggs and duckling for breakfast.

 

 

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 29 Jun 2017, 00:47
Life can be a tenuous possession...


Foxes are cute...but are opportunistic and clever...
sad yes... but i suppose better than being killed for tusks, fur or trophy.
Mary MacADNski: That is very true!
I like this image, and am saddened by your story.
Mary MacADNski: A third duck must have lost her nest too as there are now two ducks hanging out with the one duckling.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Jun 2017, 06:15
It's a tough life being a duck
Mary MacADNski: It really is here, with so many foxes.
The fox is a mean little rascal, if only they could restrict themselves to road kill diet.
Nature takes it's toll
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 29 Jun 2017, 13:10
Oh, what a moving story to hear! Nature can be cruel.
Nature at its lowest point Mary, out in the wild it happens all the time I guess.
Nature red in tooth... etc.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Jun 2017, 16:39
It's what nature is all about, but still it's sad to see.

We have had magpies after the blackbirds' nestlings, it's hard not chase them away, but then, they too have to survive.....
Mary MacADNski: That is exactly it isn't it. You might prefer one, like I do with ducks, but foxes are a great favorite around here.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jun 2017, 17:50
Nature can be so cruel as well as being so beautiful.
Nature is harsh but balanced. Only humans destroy totally
Mary MacADNski: Wise words, Mister Phillips.

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