by Doctor Science
Today in nature, we are waiting for Wood Duck eggs to hatch in North Carolina:
There are 18 eggs, and they should hatch very close to all at once. If you don't see anything, it's because mom has carefully covered them up and gone out for a bit. When the ducklings are a day old or less, the mother will swim under the nest box, calling:
and they'll all clamber up to the hole, drop to the water, and begin swimming immediately. Here's the inside-the-nest view from last year; this year we'll get to see it from both angles.
I love Wood Ducks. The males are just gorgeous, while the females have a kind of quiet elegance.