When I discovered Brood6 at the north end of the pond last evening, she was giving the Canada geese a quack lashing because they were too close to her newly born ducklings (above). Once she recognized me, she brought the kids to meet me. We’re old friends and she’s ahead of schedule by two days. Last year, she hatched Brood5 on May 22nd. There were ten in that brood but only nine in this year’s.
She discovered her brood liked the duck chow so she consistently brought them right up to my feet so I’d feed them. I’m sure she’ll do that again with this brigade. The grass is covered with willow catkins and the duckling were picking through it. I don’t know if they eat the seeds or are finding things to eat under them. They are too young to swallow duck chow pellets.