How quickly they grow up!

 

My kids snuggling the ducklings!
My kids snuggling the ducklings!

How quickly they grow up!

The ducklings are growing quickly and tiny feathers are growing in.
Mama Duck is still attentive and keeping track of all of them.
The routine of ducks out, dogs in has been added to my list of garden chores.

Duck Walk

It was a big day for the ducklings in the garden!

1 week ago Mama Duck hatched–11 ducklings.

She has been an incredible Mama Duck, keeping her ducklings happy and hidden in the duck house.

Papa Ducks have been guarding the exterior of the nursery.

As the late afternoon sun was cooling a bit,

Mama Duck brought her family to the big outside world for the first time!

1st day of the real world!
1st day of the real world!
I was a nervous wreck watching, but Mama Duck was in complete control.
I swear she counts them!

The ducklings and Mama swam, ate bugs, and snoozed on the pond edge.
The ducklings and Mama swam, ate bugs, and snoozed on the pond edge.

We all settled in and kept a careful eye on our latest additions to the garden.

Kitties lurked about and Papa Ducks alerted the young ones.

When the ducklings finally made their way back to the duck house, I breathed a sign of relief.

Locked in and safe for the night!  Can’t wait for day 2 of duckling school.