Mother & Chicks

On my recent visit to Lincoln Castle, to view the art instalation ‘Poppies Wave’ I noticed a mother duck and her cute ducklings sitting at eye level on a wall.

By the time I got back from looking at the poppies the mother duck and some of the ducklings were on the ground below the wall. Four ducklings however were running frantically backwards and forwards on the top of the wall squeaking loudly whilst mum waited patiently.

A Lincoln Castle grounds attendant gently herded the ducklings along the wall towards mum, when all but one wildly jumped off the wall to join the others. The last one eventually launched itself off the wall landing on its back needing a little assistance to right itself. For a few moments it looked like it was wounded, but all of a sudden it joined the back of the line of ducklings following mum. Eventually the eight ducklings lined up in a row following their patient mum.

I was so relieved to see that the last duckling was not harmed and was able to walk in line behind mum as she led her offspring through the castle grounds. In fact I was so relieved that the little one didn’t come to any harm, I watched the ducklings walking off rather than take any photos :-)

The last photo is courtesy of Mr C who had not witnessed the unfolding drama of the ducklings and their mum.

Mother & Chicks

Mother & Chicks

Mother & Chicks

Mother & Chicks

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 7th 2016

14 Responses to “Mother and Child”

  1. Amfortas says:

    The Soul is delighted. The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life delights too. Such simple little fowl garnishes His creation. Who cannot love a duck?

    • CherryPie says:

      The ducklings were really cute :-) I am guessing that the duck laid her eggs on the high bank so that they were away from the visitors to the castle. I am not sure where the pond is though.

  2. Ginnie says:

    Besides smiling at your own story, Cherry, I always have to smile when I count any set of ducklings to see if there are 8, because there were 8 kids in my birth family growing up. :)

  3. lisl says:

    Delightful set of pictures, Cherie

  4. rusty duck says:

    Awwww, so cute!

  5. James Higham says:

    Now for you, that’s really feeling relieved!

  6. Astrid says:

    I know what you felt…. we had a small canal in front of our house and we had ducklings each year… and each year I counted them daily and it started from 10… and after a few days it would only be 7 :( and then 5…. nature is cruel but it is the law of the strongest, we all know that, but still…
    Great pictures!!!!! so endearing…

  7. Hmmm I see roast ducks!
    Crispy duck pancakes, any takers?