My morning, which should have been a catch-up morning for Farm Girl Vintage blocks and finishing a quilt binding, was spent instead watching this female mallard duck enjoy our pool. We have a very active bird feeder that might have attracted her, but apparently the pool is a big draw.
I captured her in this little video:
I've researched "ducks in a swimming pool" and found that it can become a problem, with ducks pooing in your yard and pool. But she is just so darned cute! I have an unobstructed view of the pool from my sewing room, and her antics are very distracting. She swims around, forages the tanning shelf on the shallow end where the odd bug or worm ends up, plus she quacks every few minutes like she is calling for her friends to come and join her. My guess is that she is looking for a place to lay eggs and nest. We don't have a lot of foliage in our back yard; it is all behind the fence, so that could be interesting.
Buddy (behind the wall) barked at her and chased her from one end of the pool to the other, but he's too wimpy to get in the water - lol!
We had ducks a few years ago when we lived on 3 acres, and they were so much fun. They lived around our pond, and we fed them, treated them like pets. They came running and quacking to my husband every time he went outside - he was quite fond of them. Unfortunately, we suspect they were eaten by foxes or racoons, because they simply disappeared one by one. Soooooo, my husband wants to encourage Mrs. Duck to stay.
I will keep you posted on our just ducky life!