|Katie set off the alarm and the other dogs quickly followed her.|
|Emily and Tough Nut barked the loudest and the longest, annoyed, I'm sure, that the ducks simply ignored them.|
|After a leisurely swim, they took flight.|
|And headed off over the garden.|
Update: It is now Day 5 and the mallard pair continues to visit daily. Today we were able to get some additional photographs showing the gorgeous blue markings on the female's wings. The trotted about the patio, took a quick dip in the pool, and then flew off again.