Every year at about this time, we start seeing ducks in the area. Most of the time, they're mallards. And, frequently, we see nesting pairs - or drakes trying to become part of nesting pairs with hens. They show up on the roofs. They chase each other around the yards. And they get completely ignored by the dog.
Yesterday, as I was getting ready to leave for work, I looked out in the backyard and - just below the window to the office - I noticed a mallard hen hunkered down in the mulch. She was tucked between two clumps of Siberian irises and behind a flower pot which we (obviously) haven't planted yet for this year.
I have no way of knowing whether she is making our backyard her nesting home, but Christopher apparently noticed her hanging out on our roof last weekend. And he saw her again, today, on the roof of the garage (and she was still there when I was getting ready for work).
We're kind of excited about this. Last year, we had a cardinal family set up their nest in the bush outside our bathroom, and it was pretty amazing.
I'm not sure how long it will be before we can be sure she's settled in. Or if anything will come of it. But, so far, it's got us excited about what might come next - which is always a good thing.