A Duck Laid An Egg In Our Yard
How fascinating, right? We had a pair of Mallard ducks hanging out in our yard recently and after a short stay, they left behind this beautiful egg. We were hoping that they'd come back the next day or two to lay even more, but this one was left all alone. Not exactly sure what was happening here, but we live just down the street from a large pond that has quite a bit of waterfowl. Perhaps they got turned around? Or, could this egg be a not-so-great one that they laid here on purpose - away from their nest?
Either way, I'm excited to see it as it adds another layer to our 'Certified Wildlife Habitat" story in our yard. If you'll recall that in early Spring of 2018, we applied and were granted Certified Wildlife Habitat status for our yard based on meeting the criteria. Those criteria include the need to provide food, water and cover but also "places to raise young" - including places for wildlife to mate, bear and raise their young. Check and check, right?!?