This week, after we finished volunteering in Abigail’s kindergarten class, Henry and I tiptoed out to the courtyard with the teachers to get a peek at…
the brand-new ducklings! I apologize for the less-than-perfect photos. I only had my camera phone with me, and I was zoomed way in; we didn’t want to get too close and disturb them. We tried to count, and we thought there were 7 or 8, hatched just that day, with a few eggs still in the nest.
In the other courtyard, there is another family of mallards with 11 ducklings, and another mother on a nest!
We think that maybe the ducks keep returning to their home each year, wanting to nest where they were born. Hence more and more duck families at the school. More than the courtyards can sustain, really. There are talks going on with local park staff about how best to encourage (most of) the ducks to nest elsewhere.
But in the meantime, aren’t they cute?
I love that our elementary school has these green spaces that the students, teachers, and staff tend. So many times when I walk by the courtyard windows there is a crowd of kids, noses against the glass, enjoying a up-close view of nature.