|Katie (L) and Toughie (R) monitoring the ducks.|
Last spring, they swam in our swimming pool, which kept the dogs running laps around it as they followed them from one end to the other. The swimming pool is still covered, however, so they chose the next best thing.
Katie and Toughie watched the ducks intently, barking when they swam too close to the fish. They did not understand that the ducks pose no threat to the fish.
|The ducks swim contentedly, ignoring the dogs.|
|I got too close with the camera and they took off....|
|... gracefully flying away.|
We don't know for certain that these are the same ducks that visited last year but they are not at all shy around the dogs, barking or not. They've been back twice to briefly swim laps in the pond. Mostly we see them flying over the meadow and we can hear them honking. We think they built their nest and reared their brood in the meadow last year, and suspect they are doing the same this spring as well.