Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Seven Spring Ducklings

Mama Mallard's eggs started hatching Monday afternoon on April Fools Day.  But, she wasn't fooling us, it was the real deal!  And around 7 a.m. this Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of escorting Mama to the lake with her 7 precious ducklings.  I was really hoping they would hatch this Friday, on my birthday.  This was close enough. :)
This is our second year having Mama nest in our yard.  Last year she waddled her babies to the lake on Memorial Day.  
Needless to say my day started off great!
All these photos were taken as the sun was rising so, the lighting is a bit tricky.  
But, I think you can feel the sweetness. :)



She was doing a lot of talking!  A proud Mama for sure. :)


18 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

OH My... Aren't they just precious? Love seeing the babies this time of year. We have a duck family whose babies follow after them all in a line like that... LOVE IT.....

Congrats to the Mallards.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny said...

Awwww! I love the one where they are all in a line. It is still early, I hope no more bad weather faces them...

Ms. A said...

Lucky you, how precious!

EM Illustrator said...

How cute ^_^ and it's so cute when they swim in one line after their mother.

Enjoy your day!
Eva

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh my goodness, they are all adorable. What a wonderful way to start your day. Your photos are wonderful Marie and I especially like the one with all the little ones in a row behind mama.

A belated Happy Birthday!

viola wan said...

Haha, so interesting!!

Viola
http://wunderbarkleider.blogspot.com

Poetic Soul said...

These are cute

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Those are so sweet. I really like the second picture!

Sandra said...

what a way to start your day, they are precious and i like that last shot, beautiful and oh so arty

TexWisGirl said...

i just love that you escort her safely to the lake! just adorable!

Ann said...

oh so cute and a great start to your day too. I hope she returns next year to nest in your yard again

Lynn Proctor said...

awwww adorable :)

Chatty Crone said...

Now that is one heck of an awe moment - this is what I want to know - how far are you from the lake - and she followed you there - gosh she must trust you! Two years in a row. sandie

Annmarie Pipa said...

so cute!! you are so lucky to be able to watch them!
and happy birthday!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a sweet little family Mama Duck has! Such cute pics, Marie! I'm glad she feels so at home with you and followed you to the lake. Hope we get to see more photos of them growing up...hint, hint. :)

DeanO said...

There is something so fantastic about nature and new life

Jacked Up Glock Mom said...

oh my gosh...so sweet. This is why I love spring time..all the new life that abounds

Catherine said...

They are going to be so fun to watch grow up - cute!
xo Catherine