One morning last week a pair of ducks appeared on our nature strip. Just the two of them, sticking close by each other, happily nibbling on the clover patches that have emerged over winter. I smiled to myself, noted how cute they looked and thought nothing more of it.
A day or so later, I saw the same ducks again – this time across the street in another yard. Now, I see them most mornings and I’ve named them our neighbourhood ducks…
It’s very dry in my part of Australia at the moment. In fact 100 per cent of the state of New South Wales is declared in drought and both the state and federal governments have announced millions in dollars in aid to help farmers. I can only assume the ducks are a mated up pair, with a nest nearby and they’re making the most of a ready supply of winter weeds to feed on, because it’s slim pickings everywhere else.
I’ve become quite attached to ‘our’ ducks and over the weekend, got very excited when I spotted them through the window while enjoying my morning coffee in bed. I even raced outside, still in my dressing gown, to get a closer look!
Every morning now I’m looking out for them. I’ve been working an early morning shift at work these past few days and I eagerly await popping home for my ‘breakfast break’ to spot them. I love watching them waddle about – it’s one of those simple little pleasures, that always gives me a little warm buzz and is a nice pause in the day. They seem to have chosen one intersection to base themselves on, moving between three nature strips – including ours – and the park across the street.
The ducks don’t seem perturbed by the passing traffic, but are a little wary of people. From my observations I believe they’re Australian wood ducks. I’ve never been able to get too close and don’t want to scare them away.
I don’t know how much longer they’ll stick around, but the thought of possibly having some neighbourhood ducklings soon, has got me a little giddy.
Have you got any animals that have moved in to your neighbourhood?
Have a wonderful weekend. x