Baby Ducks

Two blocks from our home is a "forest."  Sometimes we walk through the forest to the "park by the lake."  Springtime means this little adventure includes baby ducks.
Three of my sisters have been visiting us during the last week.  This was their first trip through the forest!
Ducks were meant to be fed by kids.  Kaia and Harry both loved crumbling crackers for them!
Kaia even "pet" a duckling. She was so thrilled about it that she jumped up and down in place at least ten times after she touched it!
 I know it looks like Harry is grabbing a duck.  He isn't.  I promise.
Here's a close up of our "ugly ducks."  Does anyone know what this guy is?  The females seem to have more white on their heads and necks.  I hate not knowing their official name.   

Did you know that ducks will eat grass, other plants and seeds, bugs, fruit, fish, and more?  The sides of their beaks are shaped like combs to help strain insects and small animals out of water!  And those cute little ducklings were born in a nest lined with down their mother plucked out of her own breast!


The Marshall Family May 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

Your babies are too sweet and yes our boys are close in age!! I'm going to follow you when blogger quits acting crazy..i've been having trouble with mine too!! Have a good memorial day weekend!!

Ashley May 28, 2011 at 1:36 AM  

Awww, such a cute little forest! I still think your little girl is just the most adorable thing ever. :)

Jansen Family May 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

Marshall Family, I'd love to see Blogger start behaving again...I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get the Follow option back! :S

Thanks, Ashley! We really love our little forest! And our little girl! ;)


The Shepherd family May 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

Love the pic of Kaia walking! Duck and ducklings are so much fun!

Patricia May 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM  

Great pictures. You are so very right
duck are meant to be fed by children.
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Denise May 29, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

New public follower here from Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. Nice blog. I would appreciate you following back I would also appreciate if you would like me in facebook and in twitter @DeniseLillaRose. I always follow back. Just leave me a note so I know you stopped by.

Jansen Family May 29, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Patricia, It's so true...ducks and kids just seem to go together!

Hi Sasha, Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Denise, Thanks for visiting!


Brittany May 29, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

thanks for stopping by my site! Love your pictures :)


Nance Mommy May 29, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

New Follower! Such sweet little pics of the ducklings! I love ducklings!

Nicki May 30, 2011 at 12:39 AM  

Too cute! I don't know what that one is...sorry! I hatched duck eggs with my kids at the daycare. It was so fun! None of us could agree on a name for the first one so we named it "Quaker Marmaduke Foghorn Leghorn." Well, I was the first one to hold QMFL after he hatched and of course, he imprinted and I was his mommy. It was the cutest thing in the world (aside from my own kids)! I would put him on the floor and he would follow me everywhere I went. One day, I talked to a parent in the hall for about 15 minutes and he stayed at my feet the entire time. When I was done, I said, "Come on, Foghorn. Let's go back to our room." I walked back to the room and he followed me. It was so darn cute! I actually cried when some lady took the ducks for her pond for me. I miss that little fella!

Jansen Family May 30, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

Thanks, Brittany!

Nance Mommy, I do too!

Nicki, What a cute story! QMFL sounds like so much fun! I'll admit I was very tempted to pick up one of the ducklings and let the kids hold it, but I decided not to since Mommy Duck was two feet away!


Kristina Ruth May 30, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

such cute photos.

Jansen Family May 30, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

Thanks Kristina Ruth!


Amber@Nater Tot May 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

That is just adorable! It makes me want to go find some ducks for Nate :)

Jansen Family May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

Amber, I bet he'd love it! My kids sure did! (I had a lot of fun too!)


Michelle August 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM  

Hi. I am a new children's book author and I wanted to write a version of The Ugly Duckling called "The Ugly Duck". I was wondering if I could have permission to use your picture of the brown duck with the red face to illustrate the story on my blog. It's the exact kind if duck I was thinking of, but I have only seen them in Mexico so I can't go take my own picture. I won't be selling it. I post free stories on my blog. Please contact me through my website if it's okay:

Jansen Family August 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

Hi Michelle!

Thanks so much for contacting me! You are welcome to use the picture with proper credit, like "photo used with permission from Jansen Family Adventures." If you want to link the picture to the post you can, but that is optional. Congratulations and good luck with your books!


PS. I'll send you a note on your website too. ;)

Michelle August 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

Thank you so much! I just posted the story today. Here is a link to it. (Hopefully you got my email as well).

Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 6:45 PM  

In case no one has told you yet, the ducks are Muscovy ducks.

The Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck which is native to Mexico and Central and South America.