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Sure looks pretty barren here...
Sat Jul 24, 2010 20:48
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To get the ball rolling...

I've got a small storm water holding pond out in front of our house. It kind of fulfills my desire to live on the shores of a lake... in a small way.

A few months ago several mallard ducks found the pond so I started to feed them. A local store carries feed for chickens and wild ducks so I would spread a coffee can of feed every day. One day I had 41 ducks on the pond. Most days it was anywhere from 5 to 15 ducks. One of the hens took a liking to the pond and its constant food supply. She hatched out 8 ducklings.

It was a kick to watch them grow up. Everyday I'd count them to be sure I hadn't lost one during the night to a coyote or raccoon. I did manage to save them from a Bald Eagle that swooped down toward the pond. I was talking to a neighbor when the Eagle made its dive and ran out to the pond shouting and waving my arms at the Eagle. I guess it figured out that it might be a good idea to look for an easier meal.

About 3 or 4 weeks ago the eight ducklings were fully grown and had learned to fly. They left and came back a few times for the free meal but left for good two weeks ago. One duck did come back but I think it was the mother.

Hopefully, the ducklngs will come back next year and raise chicks of their own....

The pond is almost completely dryed up now. Just 8 to 10 inches of water and weeds in it. Pretty soon I'll be mowing it instead of watching ducks in it.

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