Finally, we're starting to see ducklings--a lot of them. I am seeing new broods every time I go to Lake Murray in San Diego. Last Tuesday, I came across the mom that had four ducklings, but now she had two.
After I had taken their picture and walked away, mama duck began screaming her head off. When I came back, one of the ducklings had somehow gone a long distance in a matter of about 30 seconds. I'm suspecting a young gull or crow took him, but dropped him when mom went after him. Both ducklings were re-united after a few minutes. However, I didn't see those two ducklings or their mama today, so I'm not sure if they made it.
Last Tuesday, I found Boat Dock Peaches with one duckling. I didn't see the duckling today, but I did hear Boat Dock Peaches screaming her head off at the males as she usually does. I don't know if she still had her one duckling:
Another mother with four hatchlings:
This mom had six or seven ducklings. I thought I saw her with seven at first, but later I only saw her with six. Here she is with 5 ducklings:
Troublemaker is still very small, but mostly feathered now.
He's still about half the size of his siblings:
Here's a few of his beautiful sisters:
And, finally, the baby Canada geese are nearly full grown and are flying a little: