Although autumn is early this year, it seems spring is late.
We chase the ducks off our garden pond, because we don't want them breeding. We are surrounded by houses, and this is not a good environment to raise a brood of ducklings.
Despite our best efforts, we often get a batch each year. This year, we thought we'd got away with it. Then, this morning, I opened the curtains only to see, basking in the cool autumnal sunlight:
Not a sight I'm accustomed to seeing in the middle of October! I suspect that it is much too late in the year for these little guys to have much hope of survival. But we are no longer scaring this particular duck away.