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Ducklings

Post by David Whipp » 11 Apr 2014, 09:41

First view of ducklings this year.

This mum has three...

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Re: Ducklings

Post by David Whipp » 11 Apr 2014, 09:44

But this mum has 11!

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Post by Cathy » 11 Apr 2014, 09:52

11, wow I bet the above Mum feels relieved. Beautiful shots.
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Re: Ducklings

Post by David Whipp » 11 Apr 2014, 16:44

There doesn't look to be many females on the canal; a nearby resident told me that one had five drakes chasing after her in the garden.

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Post by Stanley » 12 Apr 2014, 04:47

We had ducks and moor hens on the dam at Bancroft and the weavers fed them like pets. George Bleasdale shot two one day for the pot, very close to a lynching party! When we drained the dam there were always duck eggs laid on the bottom.
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Post by Wendyf » 12 Apr 2014, 08:04

My domestic duck only started to lay again 5 days ago. Your wild duck must have started laying at the beginning of March or even before that. It takes 28 days of sitting to hatch the eggs, and she wont sit until she has laid a worthwhile clutch of up to 15 eggs. I suppose they make an early start just in case they need time to raise another brood.

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Post by Cathy » 12 Apr 2014, 10:11

On my walk today I stopped at our local duck pond, I love the way a few ducks get together and take themselves off for a walk around the suburban streets. It's easy to see how far they go, haha. Interesting that they don't seem to go onto people's driveways.
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Post by Stanley » 13 Apr 2014, 04:35

We had about twenty Muscovy ducks at Hey Farm and of course they could fly. They used to go off each morning and at least one of their stopping places was on the roof of Monk House. They always came home at sunset.
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Post by David Whipp » 15 May 2014, 07:56

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Ugly ones. In the reeds by Moss Shed.

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Post by Stanley » 16 May 2014, 04:15

Bill Amos, the editor of Lancashire Life once told me to send him any pics I liked but not pics of ducks in the park!
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Post by David Whipp » 10 Jun 2014, 19:12

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Eight cygnets on one of the Conway Crescent gardens.

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Re: Ducklings

Post by David Whipp » 11 Jun 2014, 07:24

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A new family on the canal the other day.

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Post by Tizer » 11 Jun 2014, 11:02

Aaaaaah! In our local town I go to an old establishment when I want new tyres for the car, located in a big old style shed down the end of a street and next to a stream. While your tyres get changed you can watch the ducks paddling in the stream and wandering about among parked cars. If you come when the tyre shop opens in the morning you get to see them feeding the ducks. The ducks like also to have a dip in the old bath of water where they check your tyres for slow leaks. The tyres are a good price and the service is excellent too! What more could you want?

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Post by Stanley » 12 Jun 2014, 03:35

Nothing looks funnier than a gosling chick and they tell me that they bond with the first animate object they see when they hatch...
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Re: Ducklings

Post by David Whipp » 16 Jun 2014, 20:42

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Still not come across a parrot for Stanley; hope one isn't needed.

Here are some growing goslings in the fields below Greenberfield Locks.

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Post by Stanley » 17 Jun 2014, 03:41

Big handsome birds and I love to see them flying over the town...
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Re: Ducklings

Post by plaques » 19 Jun 2014, 20:31

Seen today. A big white duckling? Well it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, so it must be a duck?
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