Two days ago it rained all day and I had minor foot surgery so I didn’t get out to the pasture until this morning. I found an explosion of these yellow flowers. I don’t know what they are. I’m reminded daily of all the things I don’t know.
We noticed this morning that one duck was missing when we looked out from the house into the pasture where the other five were foraging. This has happened before. We just assumed she was out of sight. Well, there were still only five when we saw them in the creek late this afternoon. We started looking for the missing duck without any luck. Either something got her or she is broody and nesting somewhere. It is probably the same one that sat on the nest in their duck house for a while this morning. The drakes make all kind of noise when this happens and she finally leaves her nest. I feel bad because I told Dave maybe we should fence her in but he thought we shouldn’t interfere. There are many places she could be – I’m betting/hoping she is in a huge pile of pine tree branches behind the cottage. Tomorrow morning I’ll put some food and water over there just in case. They always look so happy when they are out foraging so we have resisted fencing them in. I knew the day would come when we would question this decision. I’ll just have to hope for the best and say a little prayer for our missing duck.