This mother duck and her ducklings were in Abrams Park near the soccer field Saturday. They were actively feeding along the stream bank. The mother was making soft quacks several times a minute. It may be that it tells the ducklings where she’s at and to stay close. Because there has been a lack of rain from late winter through spring so far, Gee Creek is low. Those conditions might make it more difficult to avoid predators that prowl the stream bank. In the bottom photo, the plant seen is invasive woody nightshade. It’s a pest on Gee Creek. It’s likely toxic for ducks to eat. The bad taste and odor would likely discourage ducks from eating it.
BY Paul Snoey