Back in May I lamented about how another Spring would be passing me by without a duckling sighting. I must have whined long and loud enough that suddenly it seemed that every time I turned around I saw ducklings, either on land or in the water.
So, can there ever be too much cuteness in the world?
Granted, these are not the “mini-me” fuzzy-wuzzy ducklings I’ve shown in prior posts, but I was struck how identical they were as each was a mirror image of Mama Mallard. I was able to get close up to this little family by first taking a few handfuls of dried oatmeal to lure them near.
But I guess my offerings fell flat and didn’t appeal to them much, as the ducklings wandered over and walked away. Mama Mallard didn’t give it a second glance. I had heard oatmeal was a nice treat for ducks and I enjoy it for breakfast every day, so I littered the grass for nothing. Oh well, next time I guess I have to stop at the feed and grain store and get some corn.
The ducklings did not stray far from Mama’s watchful eye …
… and she had their rapt attention. After waddling over to the water’s edge, they plopped in for a short swim in Coan Lake.
Mama Mallard is proud of her brood – they were quick learners!
I had these photos from Heritage Park tucked away since early June, since it seemed like my blog was chock full of either ducks or geese during the month of May when Council Point Park was shut down and I ventured to other larger parks every weekend.