Aparently I was too concerned with ‘what happened to the egg shells?’ Took this video from my patio a few days after discovering the nest empty. Can’t be a hundred percent sure this is the same ‘clutch’, but the math adds up: 8 egg shells, one remnant of an egg shell in the nest after ‘abandoment’, one dead duckling(and egg shell) on the neighbors patio, and 6 ducklings in this clutch, and no father duck from begining of the nest thru to this video:
This is one of only two ducklings clutches on the lake so far this season.
Just discovered some new neighbors on my patio.
Was lighting the grill (only about 5 feet from the nest) when the mother duck flushed and scared me out of a year or two.
The incubation period is 25-30 days, so there goes grilling on Memorial Day, Independence weekend may be OK. Unfortunately, even though so many geese and ducks hatch around here, many don't survive for long. I'm just realizing one reason may be that most people let them hatch, but then shew them off once their born.
Well, I going to try to figure a way to set up a video 'blind'.
Actually, this is the 2nd family that moved onto my patio. Last weekend some morning doves started building a nest on top of my tool-shed, but they disappeared after a few days and the nest was poorly located and they never finished it. There's a light pole just outside of my patio that some birds nested in the last two years, but maintenance got around to fixing the broken glass pane this spring and those birds never returned. Use to be able to set on the patio at night and watch the silhouette of the family moving about when the lights came on.