She trailed them through neighbors’ yards, across roads and through more yards. One of the ducklings would lag behind the others (perhaps the runt) and she explained how she would lift that one over brush or other obstacles to help it keep up with its family. The ducks finally found a small pond in a yard off Merrimack Street, where they swam and seemed very content. That’s where she left them. Checking on them the next day, however, she found them gone. Presumably, they have made their way to the Merrimack River or another permanent waterway to call home.
Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.