Monday, June 6, 2011

The Ups and Downs of Nature

It's been a long time since I've posted nature stories on this blog. Facebook is easier for quick status updates, but it's just too noisy and crowded for me.  Plus, I don't care about your farm or casino games or your friends' children.  But this is taking a long time to write so I'll probably just succumb to that dreaded network.

Anyway, here is today's news:

We have a mamma duck who has been nurturing eight ducklings for a while. It is fun to watch them running around and plopping down to eat our bird seed. Alas, as is the way of nature, today there are only four ducklings.  Not sure why we lost four ducklings overnight.  I'll let you speculate for me.

On the other hand, we finally have a nest in our Bluebird nest box, and today there are three eggs.  Time to reconnect with Cornell's NESTWATCH program and follow their protocol for nest watching.   Last year's eggs showed up much earlier in the season and the female disappeared just after the eggs hatched, which was during a very severe cold snap.  Not a threat this year, since we are about to experience our second heat wave of the year.  Maybe this year's clutch will be successful.

Today is a good day to disconnect and sit outside. So I'm signing off for the rest of the day.


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