Friday, 30 April 2010

History repeats itself

We got our third duck family earlier this week, and it's already down to 10 chicks. The original two families are now even more significantly down, with just a handful of (admittedly larger) chicks between them now. Less evidence of people feeding them this week, but I'm probably just not paying close enough attention. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if anyone makes it out alive this year. It's not even May, but already a wearisomely familiar picture of Nature's waste seems to have all but played out.

Still, on the plus side, the seagulls have been getting busy this week. Noisily. Just outside my office window. So hopefully there'll be at least some signs of more enlightened, K-selected behaviour to offset the r-folly of the ducks.

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