She’s a Mallard and has been visiting our front yard for the past several weeks. She scoops up seeds, lots and lots of seeds thrown out of feeders by cardinals, chickadees, wrens, doves, woodpeckers in two sizes, finches, flickers, and just lately, red winged blackbirds.
Harriet has to fight the squirrels for seeds. She stands up for herself and sends them on their way if they intrude. So proud!
Harriet had been missing for two days and we were worried about her. Coyotes roam the conservation area next door and she may be seen as a tasty morsel. But she returned. Joy reigns! Perhaps she was off making babies.
While she was gone I read up on Mallards. Eggs arrive and incubation begins mid-March. She’ll have up to 12 ducklings and those little guys can run, swim, and forage a day after hatching, according to Google. Amazing. We’re hoping that she brings them by for snacks.
My Google source mentioned that Mallards like potatoes, so, lunch. She wasn’t thrilled with the closeness required to deliver it and quacked her way down the driveway, considered her options, took to the air. I’m hoping she discovers her lunch tomorrow.