Today, the hubbie was pulling weeds from the front garden and under some small shrubbery, he disturbed a mother duck--who scared the living *!%* out of my husband before she flew away. He saw the eggs--swears he didn't actually touch them--but I'm wondering if she'll come back. She flew off but was keeping an eye on him as he continued weeding and told us about the encounter.
Any guesses on if this mama is ever coming back? If she doesn't incubate the eggs will they hatch?
(Of course, the hubbie found the weeds--and the eggs--after he went out to clean smashed eggs off of an outside garage window. He blames highschool kids but I've heard lots of very vocal birds the last few mornings--I'm thinking we had an earlier aves-related mishap).
Update: Mama duck was back under the shrubbery last night. Hubbie admitted he's surprised the duck before--it just wasn't as up close and personal. Maybe we'll have a little row of ducklings following mama to the pond soon.