Thursday, 6 June 2013

What a day! Birds, bugs, blooms and forest walkies!

No, not today. Today we were otherwise occupied.  
I spotted a wee duck yesterday, herding 4 or 5 ducklings. I believe it is a black duck. I grabbed my camera, and followed.
This little duck was left behind. I watched it peep, run, trying to get up the steep slope, falling until it managed to get a leg up. 
Mommy ran like stink with the others, down the hill towards the meadow, and the swamp. It's important not to interfere with nature. This wee one saw me coming and hunkered down. I walked past. I went down to the meadow and couldn't find Mom anywhere. I decided I best leave them all alone.
I prefer to believe that all went well. The cycle of life is a harsh one.
Sleepy in the sun

We went down to the frog pond
Can you see the mosquitoes?!

Happy on a log

Tired and hot. It was a good run!
Frog pond is evaporating.
This vernal pond will soon be gone.

Spotted this puppy in the parking lot!

A bug on a gooseberry bush
predator, not prey!


Kay L. Davies said...

I prefer to think Baby Black Duck was reunited with his family, too, and I know how unwise it is to mess with Mother Nature.
I have a feeling I'd have come away from that experience as the mother of a duckling, however, because sometimes I'm not very bright.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A good day -- full of life!

Christine said...

hope the little duckling was ok, so cute!

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like you had a nice day. Love the cute ducklings. Have a great weekend!

Red said...

This little guy would make it. He can hear the others and will get there.

Judy said...

I hope the duckling made it!! I know that predators have to eat, too, but...
I love the photos of the twins!! I have never studied a white cat before, so I am fascinated!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Found some info on the pond puppy, or mud puppy. What a critter!