The recent seventy and eighty degree weather here in the Capital region had many of us yearning for the time when we can take off the pool cover and start the short, northeastern swim season. It did offer many parents the opportunity to take the kids outside to enjoy the wonders of the spring rebirth in the backyard. Unless, of course a duck has taken up seasonal residence on your winter pool cover. That’s right, a duck decided to take full advantage of the water sitting on the cover and appears to be feasting on last fall’s leaves. Will the duck attack if the kids get too close to the pool? They do not teach this course in the parenting manual.
Normally this time of year you need to be aware of any Robin’s nests, as they tend to be very protective of their eggs and baby birds. Not this year! “Don’t get too close to the pool” should not have to be shouted just to be sure the duck will not scare the kids. “Daddy, why is the duck swimming on our pool?” What kind of answer will a four year-old accept? “I think he’s resting from his long journey back north.” That one worked for the first day.
For the next few days the duck came and went as he pleased during the spring rains, which dumped more water onto the pool cover for the duck to swim in! “Look daddy, the duck is back and he brought his girlfriend!” Yikes. One duck was bad enough, two of the opposite sex was going to present a whole other horde of questions. Backyards are full of science and nature lessons ranging from tree and leaf identification, animal track identification, bird watching, gardening, etc…, explaining why ducks have taken a liking to your backyard pool is really more than anyone should have to explain to curious four and six year-olds. Especially since the first thought that comes to mind is “will we be seeing new baby ducklings soon?”
Needless to say, the pool cover was drained and the leaves were carted off to the woods and daddy now has to answer “daddy why don’t you like ducks?” That one is easy…because they poop on the pool cover!