Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Muscovy Duck in Florida

We had a fun sighting last Sunday. We drove over to the mall to buy some new towels and bath mats. After walking through the mall to stretch out legs, we sat in the car to have a little snack. That’s when we saw a large bird fly from the side of the building. And then another one flew by. So we walked over there to see if they had a nest. (camera in hand)

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And there they were! We counted 16 large eggs and there were probably even more in their fluffy nest.

But what was funny was coming home to check my blog and see when I had done a post HERE…the Muscovy ducks at the mall in this very same spot 4 years ago, almost to the day!

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At that time, a baby had fallen over the wall and my sweet hubby rescued it and put it back in the nest.

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Did Mama duck say ‘thank you’?

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Not exactly!!!

We hope they survive. They were in a ‘hot spot’. I hope we get a chance to drive back over there and check on our babies!

More on the Muscovy duck HERE.

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

35 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, what a cute duckling. And Momma looks upset, she should be thankful. The birds do not always pick the best spot for their nest, I hope they are safe there. Great post and I love the photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Vee said...

That timing was very interesting! Creatures of habit those Muscovy ducks...guess you and your hubby are, too.

Stacey said...

Oh how neat! It pays to pay attention, doesn't it? You would have missed all of those beautiful eggs this time if you hadn't been looking. :)

Karen S. said...

How sweet of your hubby and I'm sure mama was happy!

NanaDiana said...

Awww..that poor baby...wonder if that is the "mama" that returned to the same nest? It is so fun to watch those babies grow. Have a great weekend- xo Diana

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sweet nest! I do hope they survive!
hugs,
Linda

TexWisGirl said...

they nest in such terrible spots, sometimes!

Arlene said...

Too Cute!! We just had a nest of birdies fly away this week. The mama bird chose our porch post for her nest!! I finally got to clean up my porch yesterday.

Kelly-Anne said...

Hello there dear Diane! Oh, what a long time it has been since I've stopped by your lovely blog...the past few days have been rather busy as my parents prepare for a short trip away...we have also had quite a lot of fresh produce come in which needed to be preserved... Thus, I am only now getting to visit with my sweet blog friends and catch up on what they've been up to:)
Today we had the market, and now I am enjoying a hot cup of coffee before making supper! :)

Oh! What a very precious little duckling! I could cuddle him up and smother him with kisses:). But that mama sure looks mean!
And look at all those eggs - aww! I just love ducks!

Have a blessed weekend further Diane!
Much love to you!
Kelly-Anne

laurie said...

wow sixteen eggs, thats a bumper hatch!!
they are so cute,, very protective mama!!!

JG said...

How interesting that the top of the nest is made of soft fluffy material!
~Judy

Jean Berryessa said...

Have interesting. I wonder if it is the same couple? Keep a close watch and make sure your babies stay in the nest until they can fly away. Good Karma for you and hubby. Have a great weekend right back at you.

Margaret Adamson said...

What an exciting find so I hope you can get back and see the chicks. Have a lovely weekend

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a sweet post - and I enjoyed the one from last time too. Lucky ducky that your husband came along before a cat did. Happy weekend my friend!

Adam Jones said...

Love the little guy in his back.

Linda said...

What fun!! You have perfect timing!!!

Danice said...

How sweet. I hope the ducks do live :)

Susie said...

Diane, That is a big brood. Wow. You were so sharp eyed to spot the duck and follow to find the nest. Hope you are enjoying your weekend,. xoxo,Susie

Primitive Stars said...

OMG!!! That baby duck is so cute, thanks to your kind Hubby.Blessings Francine.

Linda Walker said...

Wow Diane! That nest will soon turn into a whole lot of cuteness! Hope they all survive....you gotta get pictures after they are hatched!
xo
Linda

20 North Ora said...

What cute babies they have! Hopefully all the eggs hatch. That's a lot of eggs for one nest. Do they normally have that many?

Judy

Diane said...

Aw, poor baby! Good thing you guys were there. Hope they do well!

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, Diane, that is so interesting! What a chance sighting! Are you going to head back over there soon?

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh that is amazing and SO cute! Love the picture of mama defending her brood the last time! I enjoyed another Robin's nest this year but only one of the three babies survived. However, at least a few times a week I still see mama and her growing boy/girl in our yard. They grow so fast it's hard to tell them apart now except for the few remaining speckles on the baby's chest.

cynthia lee designs said...

Wow...that is a lot of eggs in the nest!! Can't wait to see how things are going when you go back to see the nest again.
~Cindy

doodles n daydreams said...

This is a great little story. I'm hoping you will be able to show us the ducklings at a later date :)

Diana

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

My daughters and I rescued a blue jay...a cat was carrying it in his/her mouth and dropped the baby as we approached. We took it to the vet since the wing was broken badly. The tried to fix it for free but ended up keeping it. It has quite a personality and it LOVED the vet's wife's mom! I hope these duckies do great!

Shug said...

I hope you do too! Keep us updated on the eggs and their hatching! Enjoy this day!

Jeannie Marie said...

You can make this an annual pilgrimage now! It is so neat to see nature in action.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Good luck, duckies!

We had a bunch of Muscovy ducks that moved into Lake Siri in W.V. Unfortunately for them, it was verrry cold that winter...One week, the temps never got more than a few degrees above 0 Farenheit. By spring they were all gone.
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Carla from The River said...

Oh my! A rescue mission. :-)
Keep us posted on how they do.
Carla

Dewena said...

I had no idea any kind of ducks lay that many eggs in one nest. What a nice thing that you found a post from 4 years ago about them too. I have to wonder why they build a nest where there are so many people around.

Red Rose Alley said...

aahh, that poor baby Muscovy duck has taken a fall. I have a blog friend who cherishes these ducks, and she takes pictures of them at her lake all the time. I never realized how special they were until I saw her pictures, they are marvelous.

~Sheri

Linda H said...

Wow, that's a lot of eggs for one Mama duck! The fallen baby is cute - "Help! Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" lol

Sam I Am...... said...

How interesting! I've never seen them before although the name sounds familiar. That's probably where they resided long before the mall was there.