As I have written in the Spring issue of Woolgathering, we are new to livestock management and are learning as we go. Unfortunately we have lost three drakes to predators. One of these attacks was caught in action by my son, Abraham. The other two have been more ambiguous. We are unsure if it is another bird, raccoon, fox, or coyote.
I think a lot about the living conditions we provide for our animals knowing that we are surely making mistakes. I really hope they have a good life while here, and feel so sad about losing these last two drakes in recent weeks. Some animal or bird has developed a taste for our ducks and knows where to find them
I wrote a quick poem yesterday evening in response to the most recent loss which happened sometime during the day yesterday.
You were snatched
during the day, no less.
Could have been
a bird that preys
or a fox that digs.
You left a trail of feathers,
us only to guess.
RIP Spring Bird Drakes!
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Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.