Quack, Quack! Mama Mallard came this morning to show off her babies~eight in all! She and the male know we will be tolerant of them in the yard while she is tending her babies and so they show no fear as we take photos of them. They are so dear! One is limping and we are guessing from experience that a turtle probably bit him in the leg. Turtles are predators by nature and if they can grab a little one by the leg and drag it under the water, they will drown and eat it! While knowing that is nature, I still do not like the fact. The father Mallard usually just sits guarding with his head tucked down while the Mama and babies forage through the grass and along the bank. We just love seeing them every year.