Proud Mamma

The baby Mallards are getting big, I watch them during their daily treks to my lawn to grub for food. Their mamma stands alert while the young ones eat, she never takes her eyes off of them and the surroundings. If concerned, she quickly escorts them as they waddle back into the foliage along shoreline.

Mallard Families

Several families waddle onto the lawn during the day, this morning before these two groups came there was a mamma and nine babies, they were tiny fur balls. These two families of baby ducks are nearly full grown.

Three Grebe Nests

Any day now the eggs should start hatching, three nests quite close together and near the dock.

Ducklings Pay a Visit

We had a visit today from two families of ducks, they waddled all over the back yard eating and drinking, then suddenly they were gone!

Grebe On Egg

Currently there are three Rednecked Grebe nests within 50′ of our dock. One is right next to the dock. The first nest built should be hatching chicks soon, if not already. Unfortunately whenever we try to walk down to the dock we are attacked by Bonaparte Gulls, their babies are swimming along shore. I wear […]

Bonaparte Gull Babies

Here are the little baby Bonapartes that the adult gulls are protecting. It is a bit unpleasant on our dock at the moment with the adult gulls dive bombing anyone who ventures forth.

Cleaning the Poop Dock

Carrie and Bob are sweeping and scraping duck poop from the dock. The birds and ducks are causing all kinds of commotion.

Bonaparte Broom Defense

The push broom is the best defense against the nasty Bonaparte Gulls as they dive bomb us when we try to access the dock. Caregiver Carrie is fending off the nasty gull while Bob wearing a hard hat heads onto the dock.

Re-Located the Nest

I’m not sure what happened but the Grebes have built a new nest further out from shore, abandoning the original nest. It could have something to do with the muskrat that has a home in the bluff under the dock very near the old nest. Just surmising…

First Grebe Egg

The Rednecked Grebes are back and they didn’t waste any time building a nest and laying the first egg. They nest in the same spot each year, and it is so much fun to watch the eggs hatch and the babies ride around on their parents backs, even when they dive for food.

American Wigeon Pair

There are several pairs of ducks nesting in our cove, they come up on my lawn after I broadcast cracked corn. This is a handsome pair of American Wigeons.

Bird Nesting Area

Every Spring we put out our floating sign warning that our cove is a bird nesting area, do not disturb. It works very well, people in boats respect the nesting areas at the lake. Several ducks have started nests in the weeds along shore, but the funniest part is that two Red Necked Grebes are […]

Duck Convention

More and more each day, the ducks are migrating north for the summer and stop on our lawn for a short respite.

Northern Pintail Visited This Morning

These beautiful ducks paid a brief visit on the back lawn this morning. Bob and his caregiver, Rachel, said they saw a Green-Winged Teal yesterday. Sorry I missed seeing it.

January Mallards

A few days ago I emptied the contents of a cereal box onto the lawn, it was old and I figured the birds and ducks might like it. Sure enough the birds and ducks devoured the cereal. Yesterday afternoon I noticed a few ducks flying and were primed for a landing on my lawn. Before […]

Feeding Ducks

Every day this group of ducks show up on the lakeside lawn and scratch about for food. Late yesterday I tossed some old cereal on the lawn to give the ducks more feed. This morning there wasn’t a speck of cereal left. There must have been quite an interesting confab of ducks eating out on […]

Ice Forming Along Lake Edges

Slushy ice in the cove keeps the ducks at bay. They will probably fly south today, they can’t forage for food in the shallows anymore.

House Of Flowers

This little gem is adorned with flowers on all sides.

Red Houses

This tree is adorned with two red bird houses.

Two Story House

Here is a double decker bird house.

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