This is the last box to have a tenant. I went down June 8th, and she was still on the nest. The eggs showed no signs of hatching. On June 9th, the box was empty and 10 ducklings are off on an adventure. NOTHING on either trailcam. I am so disappointed. We're done for the year.
We've had some cold temperatures, but they were to hatch on or after June 5th.
Sadly, the crows had been harassing her.
Here she is hopping back into the box.
The last few days continued to be cool. They are tucked and cozy inside the box, with wood shavings. On top of that, downy feathers. I estimated 10 eggs by gently feeling inside the box.
Suddenly, on the weekend, we had higher temperatures and sunshine. It was a fine weekend. Sunday morning, they were gone.