Life & Death at Christmas Place

Over the weekend, we noticed that a duck has nested and laid several eggs under a sheltering tree in our courtyard train bed.  The eggs are a beautiful light turquoise color (though you can’t see it in these photos).

Duck's nest under a tree in the courtyard train bed at Christmas Place

View of duck's nest under a tree in the courtyard train bed.

We’ve also noticed this morning that a young red-tailed hawk has spotted the nest and is anxious for a meal!  Several smaller birds in the area are trying to distract the little hawk, and we are anxiously awaiting Mama Duck’s return to watch over her babies.  The hawk has been swooping around, waiting for the courtyard to clear of people before attacking the nest.

Red-tailed hawk perched on the roof of Christmas Place

While I was taking these photos, we think Mama Duck flew over and was waiting for me to leave before returning to her nest.  We’ll keep you updated on the outcome in this battle.  Of course we want the little hawk to have a good life, but we’d sure like to see those ducklings in a few weeks, too!  Life sometimes makes for hard choices.

~Janet @ The Incredible Christmas Place

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