While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I’ve gotten to see some other fun babies too. In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them. In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers. They are certainly well-fed at that lake, so they do grow quickly!
But my best surprise was finding this pair of Wood Duck babies. They are a little smaller and daintier than the Mallard babies. Mama is very careful with them, and she moves them off into the grasses as soon as you approach. I stood watching and she eventually let me get a better look at the babies.