It’s been a few weeks since Charlie Owen of the Environment Agency called to say that a female mallard had raised four ducklings in the EA office’s “quad” and asked if I would like to ring them. “Hells Yeah!” was the obvious reply but at the time they were too small. Well this week the mallards came of age.
A Quack Squad from the CCW massive, who make base across the road from the EA, were assembled for the great catch; Pikey Nick, Bobby B and Princess Hatuqa, with Ambassador Owen (who spent most of the time trying to hide out of sheer embarrassment) arrived, net in hand.
|Just one or two hiding places...|
|A frustrated ringer faces Thetford and prays to the Gods of Ringing. |
The ducks breed at the EA most years, hence the paddling pool.
|The Quack Squad plus duckling.|
|The final score? Of course we got all four.|