Feeling Ducky

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…

Kindergarten Courtyard

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.

Eggs

In the other courtyard, there is another family of mallards with 11 ducklings, and another mother on a nest!

Green Team Courtyard

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?

Other Courtyard 2

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.

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About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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