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Spring has sprung (even though it snowed yesterday...) and I have a visiter in my yard! We noticed some ducks hanging around our neighborhood (which is uncommon since we live in the foothills). The other day, we figured out why!

A mallard duck made a nest right by our front door! It's actually a very safe spot, since it's raised above the ground and beneath a bush. It's weird that she chose to nest so close to our house; she doesn't seem to be afraid of humans. We entertained the thought that maybe she was someone's pet and escaped. Obviously she's been free for a while if that's the case, seeing as she's well on her way to having a family. We don't want to disturb her too much, though we're keeping an eye out for her. Not entirely sure where she's planning on taking the ducklings when they hatch...there's a pond maybe a mile or so away. Our neighbors have some water features in their yard so that's a possibility as well.

Will post updates if we're lucky enough to see the ducklings before she takes them away. If they stick around for awhile, we've been reading up to see if there's anything we can do to help. Will let neighbors know about the ducks so they can keep an eye on their pets.

I'm a little worried once the ducklings hatch, since we have quite a few predators around us! We have raccoons, foxes, coyotes, hawks, owls, eagles...there was even a mountain lion sighting a few days ago! But, like I said, she nested right by our house, so the fear of humans should keep the bulk of predators away.

Here's a pic I snapped with my phone, hence the bad quality. Super excited!

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How cute . It will be exciting to see ducklings. I hope she stays safe. I absolutely love ducks! Mallards are pretty widespread. I'm in a totally different climate from you and they're the common duck specie here.

Edit: quote from NationalGeographic.com "The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck is a familiar sight to many people living in the Northern hemisphere. In fact, the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on Earth."
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That is so sweet!!

I do hope the little Mama and her ducklings will be safe from the multiple predators in the area.
Have you seen the father?
Does he feed the Mama Duck while she is on the nest the way a budgie does for his mate?
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How cute . It will be exciting to see ducklings. I hope she stays safe. I absolutely love ducks! Mallards are pretty widespread. I'm in a totally different climate from you and they're the common duck specie here.

Edit: quote from NationalGeographic.com "The green head and yellow bill of the mallard duck is a familiar sight to many people living in the Northern hemisphere. In fact, the mallard is thought to be the most abundant and wide-ranging duck on Earth."
Haha yes, they are very common in this area. What I meant is that we don't often see them all the way up near my house in the foothills because it's so dry and ducks are waterfowl. We'll see them near ponds and water below the foothills though! We mainly have quail, mourning doves, finches, and birds of prey up here!

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I do hope the little Mama and her ducklings will be safe from the multiple predators in the area.
Have you seen the father?
Does he feed the Mama Duck while she is on the nest the way a budgie does for his mate?
Yeah, I saw a drake (male duck) for a few days last week but haven't seen it since. From what I've read, the male will hang around for a little while as the female creates the nest, but once she starts incubating normally he leaves The incubation period for mallards is 28 days so in a little less than a month I'm hoping to see some ducklings! I haven't counted the eggs since I don't want to disturb the nest and don't want mamma duck to abandon it. I've caught a few glimpses when she leaves to feed and it looks like there's quite a few!
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That's pretty exciting! And she doesn't seem scared at all!
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I've been around mallards much of my life both in keeping them and taking care of sitiuations like you're talking about.
Males don't take care of the mom (and future kids), after the eggs are laid. After the ducklings hatch, after about a day, they're ready to move on to where they'll grow up which is a pond or stream nearby.
Mom has the instinct to know where to go although the problem's can arise since the ducklings can walk but not fly so she will need to lead them to the water body where she spent her time with a male before she laid eggs. It could be a distance, hopefully not a whole mile (there could be closer streams nearby, but I doubt your neighbors "water features" would be attractive to her. She'll probably do fine on her own but if there are roads on the way, she and her babies will have to cross them. Curbs or highway drain grates can also be a problem too. Don't know if you've ever read the book "Make Way for Ducklings" (google it). But although it's a kids book, the story line is pretty close to what happens. Mallards like the one nesting are wild ducks, but she chose a safe spot for her and best thing is to leave her do her thing when the kids hatch. If you are around when she's ready to leave the nest with kids in tow,
you could follow at a distance,(on foot) to make sure she doesn't get into trouble, such as traffic on roads etc. Good luck with this.
Let me know how this pans out with your semi-adopted family.
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Ah that's lovely. A nest of Easter eggs on your doorstep

I really hope the timing works well and you're able to see them all move on safely - You'll have to keep your camera ready!
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How absolutely precious! It's lovely that Mama Duck decided to raise her babies where she did

I hope they stay safe, keep us posted on how the family is doing!
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That's pretty exciting! And she doesn't seem scared at all!
Yeah, she's completely chilled out while we do yard work or when my brother plays Basketball on the driveway!

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How absolutely precious! It's lovely that Mama Duck decided to raise her babies where she did

I hope they stay safe, keep us posted on how the family is doing!
Thank you all for the advice and I will be sure to keep you updated! Haha this will be her own little "breeding journal"

Since we're going to have her around for awhile, I was getting really tired of calling her "mamma duck" or "the duck". So I've decided to just call her Piper. I think it's a good bird name, and when all the ducklings hatch and follow her in that long line of theirs, she'll look like the Pied Piper
Like in this picture online:
And I just love coming up with names, so any excuse will work to dish out a new one.

You know how I said she nested right outside our front door? Well, this is how close she is! Her nest is right under that small tree/bush on the right. (Excuse the cluttered steps when I took this picture haha. In midst of reorganizing plants and yard as spring arrives)


Got some more pics of Piper with my camera this time


She's really a beautiful duck and blends in perfectly!
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That's so fun Katie . Amazing how she made a nest so close to where humans regularly walk.

Yesterday (Easter), I saw a mom Mallard with a couple new babies by the little man made pond near my mom's house. As I drove by, a baby was climbing up the sloped grass area, it was so adorable to see .
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