This year's babies hatched Tuesday evening and the next day mom was ready to lead the ten ducklings out of the yard and to the pond.
The pond isn't far, but I worry about them making their way safely past people and dogs and children. Then, Thursday afternoon when I went out to the shed, the mom and dad were in the yard squawking at me. For a moment I thought, did they lay another set of eggs so soon? Then my worrier mind thought something happened to their babies and in grief they were back guarding the last place they were safe. I'll have to walk around the pond and see if they're all sailing happily along.