When I came to the lake this morning, I was greeted by a bunch of ducks and squirrels waiting to get fed and a small pack of coyotes. The coyotes were attracted to the ducks waiting in the area for the people who usually come to feed them.
When I went to another area, I was shocked to find Squeak and Pollux who promptly did broken wing acts at me, so I know their chicks are there, though I didn't see or hear them at that time.
|Pollux, trying to hide|
Pollux was in the field doing broken wing acts (sorta):
Squeak watched through the fence as I took pictures of Pollux:
All three of their chicks were heard afterward when they calmed down and began to call to them.
I found a new mama duck today. I think this one might be a Flycatcher mama and the mother of last year's "Friendly Ducklings". She had six of them:
The mom with five ducklings still has five including the really friendly one that was limping last time I saw him. He wasn't limping today. I think this is Peaches, Caramel and Butterscotch's mom, Fish Food Mama.
She's got one really independent duckling that is really friendly. Here, he's trying to eat a rubber worm lure that a fisherman left behind. I got it away from him.
Here he is, swimming by himself.
He is in the back of this group:
I also saw a Bullock's oriole, resident in this area. He didn't give me a good chance at getting his photo:
And, a green heron who seemed to be really interested in something in the reeds. I think it was another green heron, perhaps his mate or chick:
A word about "Neo":
Neo was spotted today, all alone, without his mother. He came out, got something to eat and drink, went into a brushy area and disappeared. I looked, but could not find him anywhere after that. This is the last good photo I got of him almost a week ago. He hasn't grown at all, but is starting to get his feathers. I don't know where his mom went to, but I hope she was nearby as he is still vulnerable to many predators. Otherwise, he is healthy and energetic. I have named him "Neo Eht" for now. He is now 3 1/2 weeks old and only alive because of his will to do so and nothing else.