Well, the blessed events aren’t going to happen. Sometime between 7:00 AM and 12:30 PM today when the mother-to-be duck took a break from her egg sitting duties, some creature invaded her nest and had a feast. 😥She was on the nest when I went out to get my morning papers. Around 1:00 PM I saw her on the lawn in front of the plants looking like she didn’t know what to do. She would turn as if intending to go to the nest – stop – spread and shake her tail feathers – then turn away. She repeated this several times, then waddled away. There are two eggs that look like they were untouched. I don’t know if she will eventually return and try to salvage them, or not – I’ll just have to wait and see.
This was not the only tragedy that occurred on my property this week.
Recently I had posted about the cat trying to climb a tree next to my patio to reach a bird nest while the resident birds screeched and tried to attack the it.
Well, earlier this week a baby bird, apparently the only offspring of the birds nesting in the tree, was on the ground directly under the tree. A very heavy rainstorm with high winds must have dislodged it from the nest. The parents were hovering around making quite a racket. Occasionally, one would take off and return to feed the baby. If I so much as opened my sliding patio door a few inches the parents went berserk.
Sadly, the little one was dead the next morning. 😥
Kind of a sad week!
On a happier note – my hibiscus are still doing fine. Here are two photos I took this afternoon.