On my walk around Crescent Lake park in mid-August, I saw the above muscovy duck with babies. One was all yellow. It’s not uncommon for them to have all yellow ducks but usually as they grow up they start to get a lot of brown feathers in. This one was old enough to have brown feathers. He was really pretty.
The babies were resting in the grass.
Later on the other side of the lake I saw a family all sleeping huddled together under a tree. They were close to the sidewalk but the foot traffic was not disturbing them.
Another section of the lake had babies trying to cross the road. It was funny to watch them jump off the curb one by one. That seemed like such a big jump to them.
Of course they got right in the middle of the street and the babies plopped down on the road. Someone walked over and shooed them to the sidewalk since cars tend to go fast around this curve.
They all made it over to the sidewalk. Even in late summer, it’s a baby boom at the lake.
It’s that fun time of the year when there are baby ducks everywhere. This one Blondie in the family was so cute. It’s amazing they grow up to look like mom.
The three stooges standing on a pipe.
Beautiful swans at Lake Morton.
It felt like spring in late March.
A wood duck couple.
Family #1. I saw these babies coming home from work on a Friday night. I ran home and got my camera and took these from the car. They were relaxing in my neighbor’s yard. I think they were sleeping under the bushes there. This mom had 5 babies.
Family #2. I saw this family the next day coming home on a Saturday after a long walk at a nearby park. I had my camera in the car so I stopped. They were in the small pond in the back of the neighborhood. I sat down on the sidewalk and watched them playing in the water. This mom had 2 babies.
Family #3. I saw this family on Sunday coming home from running errands, down the street from my house. This family of 12 stayed close together.
A limpkin and his reflection trying to find snails.
A young red shoulder hawk landed on the boardwalk right in front of me. He sat there for a while looking around until someone walked up to him from the other side of the boardwalk and off he went.
Another adult red shoulder hawk up in a tree.
A common yellowthroat showing off.
A muscovy duck train in the parking lot.
Muscovy ducks have taken over my neighborhood. When I go out for an after dinner walk on Sundays I see ducks everywhere. Some of them come running up to me to see if I have food for them. Almost every week since mid July we have a new duck family with babies. These were all taken with my phone.
Now we have chickens too. One of our neighbors has 4 chickens and they let them out in the front yard sometimes. The chickens wander up and down the street but always end up back in their own yard at some point. I sometimes see them sleeping under the truck that is in the driveway. I guess these are real “free range” chickens.
Linking to Wednesday Around The World
More pictures from my short time with a muscovy duck family in my neighborhood. I took so many pictures. I couldn’t help it, they were so cute. It was funny to watch them trying to get back on the grass one by one. They looked smaller than the grass blades. That last one hesitated for a long time before heading in.
Linking to Wednesday Around The World.
I spotted this Mom with her babies in the grass along the pond in my neighborhood.
I sat down on the sidewalk and watched them for a while. They were not shy. People in the neighborhood feed the ducks here so they were looking for a handout.
One of the other muscovy ducks kept an eye on me. Maybe the father? What a distinguished face he has.
Another family on the other side of the pond. This mom has a white face with only 3 babies.
Why was the muscovy duck in the tree? Looking for bugs? A place to nest?
After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.
A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.
Baby moorhens at all ages.
A distinguished face.
The muscovy ducks and geese are very aggressive at Crescent Lake Park. People have been feeding them for years so they are all very fat and happy. I stay far away and take pictures with my zoom lens. If you get too close without food, they will attack. If they have babies, they will attack. If they are napping, they will attack. Lesson here is to stay away from the wildlife.