Springtime Neighbours of the Feathered Kind

With all the doom and gloom of front-pages it’s a breath of fresh air to have once in awhile something special.  In this case, Mother Nature is providing the happy interlude. James Bay, Victoria is not what you’d call a concrete jungle. More of a village. Most houses have little gardens. There are a few high-rises of 8 stories or so, but happily they are in the minority.
The front of the house where we live has a lawn surrounded by beds of flowers and plants.  Amongst them is a hollyhock.

Now here comes the ‘something different’.  Under the hollyhock leaves, nestled against the porch wall, quietly sits a mother Duck on her eggs.   
As if there wasn’t lots of space in the nearby parks and bushes along the waterfront.  No, she decided to nest literally at our doorstep.  We also have a family of crows, regular visitors to the front lawn who according to the landlady have been ‘living here’ for several generations. But, there is more.  Now we noticed, or rather heard first, a Woodpecker, next door.  A pair have created a next right in the stucco façade of a large senior’s establishment, between the second and third floors.   

When the male is not bringing food, using our binoculars we can see her sitting inside the hole.

So we can now expect woodpecker chicks and ducklings very soon, only a few steps away. Thought you’d like to hear this happy note provided by Mother Nature.

Henri van Bentum

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