A few weeks ago when Janina and I gave a short presentation at one of the Zoom meetings about wildlife in our garden since lockdown, I mentioned that we had a pair of Mallards visiting and mating on our pond. Since then we have rarely seen them. This afternoon, totally unexpected, the female appeared on the pond with 12 ducklings. We are not sure how they got there and can only assume she has been nesting in the garden without us noticing. This, if it true, would be very surprising as it had been necessary for us to water all our plants during the long spell of dry weather and we should have noticed.