Every spring my family and I eagerly await their arrival.
As the snow melts and the ground thaws, a low spot in our back yard transforms into a small pond. In the seven years we’ve owned this house, every spring a pair of Mallards show up to call the lawn their home.
We make sure they have corn and bird food and we adapt our backyard activities to welcome them. Our Labrador is old enough to not care anymore and they realize it. Along with welcoming Spring, it’s fun to have them around. They’re a nice change from the regular critters.
The male is all about his lady. He lets her eat while he stands guard. She always leads as they paddle around the puddle. He’s quite the gentleman.
He’s also injured.
He has a limp that appears to be trouble with his right leg. It’s noticeable when he’s on…
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