Nature and science are everywhere, even in a civilized front yard. In addition to the usual insects and lizards, my spouse encountered a shy copperhead and a small turtle while spreading mulch around our front shrubs yesterday. His scariest encounter was with a mallard hen. We saw her walking around the yard earlier, but as he moved toward the front door she flew out of the bushes at him.
We soon learned why:
This lucky duck feathered her nest of ten eggs right outside our dining room window, a mere 5 feet from our front entry. When she sits on the nest, she is really difficult to see. I thought the duck and eggs were gone this morning!
We will keep an eye on progress and update when things happen!