Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mink Steals Duck Egg

I just saw a mink in my backyard steal a duck egg from a nest next to the pond. The poor duck watched helplessly from the pond. But the mink bounded away quite happily. Survival of the fittest.
I looked up minks online, and that is what it was. I can't believe it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ducks and Robins

I scared a mother mallard duck sitting on a nest in the middle of ferns in our yard. I couldn't believe she was on a nest in late June. She dove into the pond in a rush.

The same day, I scared a fledgling robin in a bush. He or she flew out to our driveway and just sat still, terrified. The parents were flying all over and twittering madly at me and their baby.

Then, our backyard robins have gone back to their nest under our solarium eves to lay another batch of eggs.

Busy yard. But that's what you get when you garden organically.

I love it that birds care so much for their young. They watch over them, just as most human parents watch over their children.