Special Guests

Our yard appears to be on the short list for Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, searching for a starter home to raise their brood. They came on a rainy day, near twilight. I managed to snap photos through the sliding glass door, with my camera zoomed to the max. Please excuse the grainy photo quality, but I wanted to share some of this magical encounter.

I always feel surprised and delighted to find a mallard couple in our yard, because we’re not really that close to water. There’s a retention pond about a block away, but that only fills to prevent flooding. It’s not a full time water feature. The nearest lake is two miles away.

Nonetheless, I’ve seen mallards in our yard, off and on at special moments or following key dreams. A couple weeks ago, Mr. Mallard stood right in front of our bedroom window as I opened the curtains. I looked for the Mrs., and eventually found her poking around my front yard garden beds.

Last night, I noticed Mr. Mallard in our backyard, outside our kitchen sink window. He stood in the same spot for at least 15 minutes, observing noise levels and looking around in all directions. Then, he made his way back to our red bud tree and reemerged with Mrs. Mallard:

Together, they wandered around the yard, reminding David and me of ourselves when house shopping for this very house and yard.

They headed into the evergreens, and Mr. Mallard glanced back to ensure the coast was clear:

As we ate a late dinner, they again emerged from the trees and made their way over to my Garden Tower. Those photos in even dimmer light through dining room windows with screens look too grainy to post, but we sure enjoyed their company.

In his efforts to groundhog proof our backyard, David inadvertently cat-proofed it, too, so this spot might prove one of the safer spots to raise some ducklings. David wondered if we’d need to “open the gate to usher out a line of ducklings at some point.” I’m not sure how that works. If ducklings need to swim before they fly, then this living arrangement would require a lot of attention and cooperation from us to open and close the gate at the proper time.

We hope they find just the right spot, whether in our yard or not. Anticipation of little cuties prompted David to pull out one of his favorite books from childhood:

We’re just happy to be in the running!

Duck’s Wisdom Includes:

  • Grace on water
  • Water energy
  • Seeing clearly through emotions
  • Spirit helper of mystics and seers

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by seattle72 on April 20, 2021 at 11:30 am

    I love Mallards. This post brought back one of the few good memories I have of my late Mother.

    We lived at the beach in the late 70’s. For a while we would go feed the Mallards over at the San Diego Bay, across the street from where we lived.

    Thank you for bring that memory back. I needed that! πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ£πŸ£

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  2. Posted by Sophia Sutton on April 20, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    So sweet! Makes you feel good to live the way you do…creating habitat for wild things. May they feel safe and protected and stay awhile. Warm wishes to you.

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  3. Posted by Paige on April 20, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Lucky you! I hope they stay in your yard. For years a female mallard would make her nest and lay her eggs inside an enclosed courtyard at the elementary school that I went to. The courtyard was enclosed on all four sides, so it was free from predators. Once the ducklings were born, the staff at the school would open the courtyard doors and escort the mom and her babies out of the courtyard, through the gym, down the hallway, out the front door and down a half mile or so to the pond in the park. This little miracle happened for many years; she even made the papers one spring. 😌

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  4. Too cute!

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  5. Awwwww. Β What a sweet post. Β  And I love the “duck’s wisdom” list.

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