Sign of spring
A female wood duck was spotted leaving Marshall Park with 11 ducklings in tow Tuesday morning.
Mom duck led the babies across I street and then 28th street – in the direction of the pond at nearby McKinley Park.
The troupe travelled in a tight bunch down a street gutter until mom duck hopped the curb. Most of the peeping ducklings then summitted the curb and rejoined mom.
Peeping loudly, the last duckling wandered up and down the gutter several times without finding a way to get up. Following a little encouragement from two humans watching nearby, the duckling finally jumped up the curb and wandered off with mother and siblings.