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Duck Patrol - read at your own risk

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I apologies in advance for grammar and tyop errors, with 2 1/2 hours sleep last night I can't be held responsible for my writing skills today! I am brain-dead! So go ahead and read this blog at your own risk! lol

So most of you have been following the DUCK NEST saga with me! Last night at about 10:30 my husband heard the duck in distress and went out to see a raccoon making off with two, TWO of the duck eggs! I was so upset!

So we chased the horrible thing away and I can only discribe the quaks from the mommy duck as heart wrenchingly forlorn! ( yes I know that is probably not a word, I warned ya!)

So DH suspected that it would come back and 10 minutes later it did, we chased it away but the unfortunate thing is that the mother duck was spooked enough that she left! The nest was exposed and vulnerable and I knew that if I went to bed, there would be no eggs in the morning!

My DD loves ducks and has been counting the eggs daily! ( She still does not know that 2 are gone! )
So what to do?
I just could not go to bed and let the racoon take all the eggs so I camped out in our van and kept watch. That horrible sly raccoon came back another 4 times and I chased him away every time! ( this went on until 3:30 am )

AT 4: 30 am I figured it was not coming back, but my worry was that the duck would abandon the eggs,

I was SOOOO HAPPY this morning to see her back on the nest!

10 Eggs intact and my DH is the best!

He emailed me to say that he will help me give the duck some protection


I was down 0.4 this morning which is surprising given all of the above!

I will post a pic of the enclosure, it may not be pretty but I hope it will get me some sleep and the duck some protection.

Had a smoothie for lunch, too tired to cook.
Here is the recipe


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WARRIORGIRL121 6/7/2013 7:04PM

    btw, got any pictures of the mama duck or eggs? :)

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WARRIORGIRL121 6/7/2013 7:03PM

    OMG! Mel, I am the same way with animals, even wildlife! I do the same things - watching over geese, baby birds, baby deer, or bringing things to wildlife rescue when too much time has elapsed, etc. You and I would make a great team watching over the planet!

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X5X52000 6/7/2013 9:16AM

    Glad to Know the rest of the eggs are safe with you on the watch!!! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 6/7/2013 7:09AM

    So glad that u stood guard on the nest! raccoons and fox love eggs. Praying that they hatch soon and all are well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITGIRL15 6/6/2013 12:23PM

    Nature has a way, doesn't it? I'm sorry that she lost a couple eggs to that darn Racoon!
I do enjoy that you are following the nest and Momma duck! I can't wait for those little one's to break out!

Congrats on the nice weight-loss!

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LIS193 6/6/2013 10:37AM

    Raccoons are horrible! We have them here too and they make such a mess.
Hope you feel more rested today!

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CELEST 6/6/2013 8:06AM

    What a heroine you turned out to be for mrs duck (with the help of your husband) What a night AND YOU'RE still down in weight...awesome.

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MELTEAGUE 6/6/2013 8:03AM

    Glad to report the duck and her eggs are safe! Chased the raccoon away once last night! But at least I got to bed "early" at 1 am!

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PAMNANGEL 6/5/2013 9:15PM

    You never stand so tall as when you bend down to help a duck! emoticon

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