Environment: Ducklings Jump For Mother
I was in the garden the other day, it was drizzling, and I could hear some very loud bird calls. I thought it might be the hawks that have moved into the trees next door, but when I came around to the Circle Garden I realized the call was happening there. I looked up to see baby ducklings start jumping out of the dead palm tree trunk on the south edge of the garden. They each made a 12 to 15 foot leap of faith. I caught video of the last two jumping out, and after those jumps you can see the Duck Hen on the ground on the other side of the garden fence, peering through as she passes into an opening in the brush.
She quickly herded the bunch of ducklings, at least 6 possibly 10 into the shelter of a passive compost pile.
I have seen this breed of duck in this same area and other areas of my yard year after year always with their yellow and brown dotted ducklings. I feel pretty lucky. I hope that hen and her ducklings are lucky this year. We have plenty of predators in our backyard ecosystem.