The ducklings arrived on May 23rd and left their nest to venture out into the world on the 24th. All that is left is a nest of fluff and broken eggshells. We counted ten eggs, so there should be ten ducklings.
Not long ago, this was the scene when Missy left the nest – one pile of eggs. In case you haven’t followed the story, you can here.
We checked the nest several times a day, hoping to see some chicks but we never saw any. On Wednesday morning we saw Missy going nuts in the yard, but she does that sometimes, so we didn’t think much of it. Next a police car pulled up and stopped in front of our house. Mom immediately thought she was in trouble for something, but that was not the case.
The kids bus stop is right by a storm sewer drain out in front of our house. The parents noticed Missy going absolutely crazy and they heard ducklings. Unfortunately, the little ones didn’t make it more than about fifty feet before they all fell into the storm sewer drain. Our neighbor called the police to get them help. If you count, there are only eight sitting there.
Since Mom knows the most about how many there are and when they were born, it was helpful. The poor little things kept falling down to the bottom and tried hard to get back up. A second officer came with a net so they could hopefully scoop up the little ones and get them to Missy.
It took quite a while but then the officer managed to get six in one swing. Mom had to take a photo as they are absolutely adorable. She didn’t take many photos because Missy wanted to be alone with her babies and no one wanted to scare her further.
Further working with the net ended up getting two more ducklings out of the storm drain. The problem was that Missy had left with the first six. Evidently, she is not good at counting. Later in the day those two were found in the neighbors salt water pool and they were unable to get out on their own. Another neighbor found one more duckling in a different storm drain and was able to get it out and put it with the other two.
Sadly, nine is the number that have been found and eventually reunited with Missy. We have no idea where number ten could be as the storm drain system is huge and it is probably lost forever. These cuties sure had a terrible start in life, but we hope they found a safer way to get to some water and they will all grow up to be good Mallards.
That my friends is the end of the story of Matt, Missy, and the ducklings – good, bad, and sad. Mother nature can be wonderful but also rather cruel.
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.