This evening mum and I wanted to do a small walkie around the lake before watching the game Denmark vs. Japan! Here you see me waiting on the stairs for mum to get ready. We had a nice walk in bright summer weather and when we came back to the parking lot we heard some desperate peeps. Mum looked around, I looked around and detected some very small baby mallards, only a few days old, in a gully, sort of large sink drain. It was not deep and nice and cozy inthere, like in a nest, but still too deep for the small ones to get out again. One was even fallen out of that and into the drain already. Probably they had also made a walkie with their mum and all chicks fell into the gully, all 5! It was hard to open the gully and mum needed help of some other people, they were finally lucky and had all babies out, at least we hope that those were all. Nearby is the small river and a pond with lots of mallards resting; the babies were carried over to them and they immediately found their mum and rushed with her into the water. Now I hope that the muskrats are not going to catch and eat them after they survived this adventure that ended lucky. I know they are around as I can smell them and mum has seen some, too.
Unfortunately mum had no camera to do a snap of the cuties, photo above though looks exactly like them....hope that they become large, sturdy, beautiful mallards! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~