Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Update on baby ducks
Mama duck is down to six ducklings.
Unfortunately, there was a dead fish in the area attracting the gulls to this spot. I shooed one gull away and threw the fish into deeper water. But, mother duck also got shooed away when I shooed the gulls. As she left, I saw at least one gull seriously check her and her ducklings out, but I think was more interested in finding the fish. In their minds, fish first, ducklings second.
I left because I didn't want to see anything happen to the ducklings. I heard a gull screaming, but I think he was screaming at another gull or a passing tern. Mama duck had some problems finding another place to hide because there were people fishing all around.
I went around to the other side of this spot and, by then, mama duck had already re-stashed her ducklings in the reeds. So, I think all of them were OK when I left. The gulls found the fish, but since it was in deeper water, I think they lost interest in it.