Nature’s Way

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we’d seen the first ducklings on the lake.
There had been no adults taking any notice, so we just hoped they were exploring on their own.
Yesterday, we saw just one, paddling away but again no adult in attendance. It approached one female but she turned her back and swam away, leaving it heading for the side of the lake by itself.
We wanted to bring it home and give it a chance, but had no idea what you’d feed a duckling or indeed where we could keep it. It’s hard, but we know we shouldn’t interfere.

Walking Maggie there today, we saw another dog walker who said she’d seen one female with 12 babies the other day but now she only seemed to have 3.  Looking across the lake, we saw one with three babies, then four, five and six appeared on the bank.

Last year, the goslings hatched first so they were a considerable size when the ducklings followed, and there were full broods of each everywhere.
This year, the crows and gulls are picking the little ones off.
It’s upsetting how things are turning out but it’s Nature’s way (and I hate it).

Photo : Geese and ducklings June 2018

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to Nature’s Way

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    I hate it too Di.

  2. It is sad but it’s life really.

  3. Nature is harsh and cruel but not as bad as man.

  4. Sadje says:

    The poor little duckies.

  5. jenanita01 says:

    Weather permitting, I will be walking around our pond/lake tomorrow. I love to see all the wildlife busy with beginning a new season. The resident swans might be nesting again too…

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