Within a few weeks of their arrival, our duck brood began taking practice flights around the pond, some flying, some half-flying, the smallest duck skip-flapping frantically in an attempt to keep up with the rest.
Only a few days later, 12 of the 13 began leaving the pond for parts unknown between their morning and evening feedings.
In the third week, seven of the teenagers stopped returning: our job is nearly done!
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