Yardbirds, Spring 2016 Edition


A Wood Duck hen brought her thirteen (!) ducklings through our yard this morning. The goal was to get to our creek – well the seasonal irrigation channel – that runs through our backyard. The Boise City Canal Company recently turned the canal back on. Mom and kids turned up in our front yard, trying to find a way around the house to the creek they could hear.

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After some indecision, everyone made a sprint between our house and our neighbor’s, past the air conditioning compressor and into the back yard.

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From there, they jumped, without any hesitation, down into the creek.

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Except, in all that excitement, one duckling got left behind. Luckily, he fell into the best possible hands: Mrs. WC’s. She picked him up, carried him over to the creek, and dropped him in, where he immediately swam downstream after his brothers and sisters.

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Now all thirteen of these little ducklings aren’t going to survive. If they did, we’d be up to our waists in Wood Ducks in no time. In fact, just a couple of minutes later, we saw the neighborhood Red-tailed Hawk fly by with something mercifully unidentifiable grasped in its beak. Hey, baby hawks have to eat, too.

But it was a treat to have this new family travel through our yard, however briefly.

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