The ducks were like pets (Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge) at the last school I worked. There was a great view of them from the windows of the cafeteria.
Every spring a mother duck would fly into an enclosed courtyard. There she would lay her eggs, incubate them, and when they hatched, teach her ducklings about the world around them. The students and staff would watch them every day.
Mama duck took good care of her young until they were grown up enough to fly away on their own.
This female duck returned every year because one of the teachers provided her with water to drink and little fish and grain to eat.
The teacher made a little swimming pool for the ducks by inverting a children’s plastic pool to make it accessible to the baby ducklings.
One year, the ducklings grew up and flew away just before the end of the school year. The following year (my last year), unfortunately, the ducklings were all snatched up by a hawk or an eagle.
The bereft mother stayed around for a few days, as if she didn’t know what to do. Eventually, she flew away, but she probably returned again this spring.