Sunday, May 24, 2009

Never a dull day

I suppose I can now add "Wildlife Rescue and Refuge" to my already impressive resume.
Apparently, the word is out amongst the wild woodland creatures in the neighbourhood that my backyard is a good place to hang out. I suppose when you have a dog, 2 cats {who escape into the 'outdoor woods' at every opportunity}, a child who runs amok, lots of crows, small birds, a skunk or 2, oodles of squirrels and the raccoon family living under my shed it was only a matter of time before more free-loaders showed up.

I discovered them this morning as I was taking the compost out

A mama duck and her 8 ducklings were hanging out in my flower bed. Word got out into the neighbourhood and soon almost everyone was in the backyard checking out my new guests.I met more of my neighbours today than I have in the last 5 years we've been here. Nothing like baby animals to bring folks together huh.

Word on the street was that the ducks were from the creek down the block and had been seen wandering the road earlier in the morning. Guess they detoured into my yard for a pit-stop. Problem is, I'm not set up for ducks. I'm very surprised the dog didn't get to them first. To her, those teeny tiny ducklings would be live squeeky toys.

So we all hemmed and hawed and tried to figure out what to do. We put out bird seed to coax them into a box {mama was too smart for that} left pans of water out etc.
Mama just kept moving from one side of the yard to the other.

Ass-hat finally got the brilliant idea of herding them out the gate and down the road back to the creek. Brilliant I say, bloody brilliant! Worked like a charm.

Maybe he really can talk to animals.......

And that folks, was the highlight of my weekend.


  1. That is adorable! We were driving down the road the other day and saw a large family of geese: mama and a whole mess of babies, in the median strip on a very busy road. Not sure how they got there, but I worried for them. Good for you, and ass-hat, for herding them to safety.

  2. There you go! Wild Kingdom in your own backyard!

  3. Wow that sure is alot of animals you have camping out in your yard lol. Very cool..but I'm secretly glad they aren't in my yard lol.