Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Ducklings

I checked out the Fairview Wetlands in South Salem yesterday afternoon and was surprised to find a number of Mallard hens with new ducklings. As you can see in the photo these little guys are busy feeding away.  At this stage in life I guess they haven’t learned about predators and they paid no attention to me and continued feeding close to the shore line. In the lower photo is a mother who has better control as she leads her ten little one out of harm’s way.  It’s hard to believe the season has moved along so fast to have new ones hatched, while back in my neighborhood in Salemtowne the swallows have yet to build a nest. (photos can be clicked on to enlarge)