Mother’s Day is also for ducks!

In all the craziness around here getting ready for market Chelsea and I still manage to take our morning walk.  She loves it, I love it and today a little mother duck loved it!

We live near a “wetland” area and Chelsea and I walk by it almost every day.  Today I noticed a duck in the street pacing back and forth by one of the street drains.  As I got closer I could hear her babies crying quacking and I realized they had fallen into the drain and the poor little mom was so stressed!

I called my husband and the fire department.  I knew one of them would come to the rescue and they both did!

 Here’s my husband and a fireman looking for the babies…

 The fire department put their ladder down in the drainage hole…

…and then decided what to do…

 One of the firemen went down into the drain and they handed him a canvas bag…

 …to scoop up the babies!

There’s nothing better than a fireman and a bag filled with baby ducks…

 He carried them over to where mom was anxiously waiting…

…the babies were released and mom and babies waddled off into the field.   Look at the center top of the picture below and you’ll see the mother.  The babies are right behind but the tall grass is hiding them.

 I think this just might be the best mother’s day present I’ve ever seen!

 Happy babies + happy mother = Happy Mother’s Day!



For me it’s back to writing patterns.  I’ll have something to show you soon I hope.  We leave on Tuesday for Kansas City!





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  • Diane R. - Oh, Anne, that’s the best Mother’s Day story ever! Have fun at market — can’t wait to see all the new inspirations!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, this is just the sweetest story ever! How nice the fire department had the time and was willing to come to the rescue….that poor mama duck must have been in such a panic! Thank you for sharing your heartwarming rescue story with us and for the great photos.
    Have fun at market, and take lots of pictures!
    Happy Mother’s Day :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle B - How precious to be able to be involved in that rescue. And dittos to Diane’s comment.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - What a happy story! That just made my day.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, what a wonderful Mother’s day story!!! You know I think this story has all the makings of a Bunny Hill quilt…Just sayin! Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow and have a wonderful time in Kansas…Look for those Ruby Slippers for me will ya? Hugs…ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - That is just about the sweetest thing I have ever seen. What a lovely Mother’s Day post!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Is that a Shiba you are walking? We love our Shiba, best dog ever!ReplyCancel

  • Sew Create It - Jane - What a wonderful story!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn - Yay for the men of the Fire Department. They were heroes to that sweet little Mama duck. Thanks for sharing about this amazing rescue. If you had not noticed, these little babies might have been lost forever. Happy Mother’s Day to you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - A very heart-warming tale, indeed! I agree with Nancy C.! A duckling quilt would be a great way to immortalize this story.:)ReplyCancel

  • Barb - That is THE BEST MOther’s Day story ever!!! You are all angels on earth for doing what ever needed to be done to rescue them. Think how happy that momma duck is now!

    I agree with Nancy C. From Utah – I see the beginnings for the sweetest quilt from Bunny Hill! (I guess it’s true – inspiration can come from anywhere!)

    Happy MOther’s Day to you, Anne!!!ReplyCancel

  • MARTA - Feliz desenlace para un feliz dia.
    Un abrazoReplyCancel

  • Christine - What a lovely story. I wonder if we will see a new Bunny Hill quilt featuring sweet little ducks. Hope so.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - By far the best Mother’s Day story I’ve heard :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Its the season! Our security and fire dept at work blocked the access road into the plant yesterday and a fireman escorted a Mother and 6 babies across the road and into the bushes on the other side. I called their manager to say thanks! And your guys sure went the extra mile!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle May - Oh my gosh Anne! One of my readers told me I would love this post and yes indeed I do! I have been feeding the peeps in my yard. Soooooooooooo fabulous! One day I hope to meet you in person at quilt market. We have so very much in common.
    Hugs and happy Mother’s Day.
    Michelle and the BunniesReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - Make Way for Ducklings!! What a darling photo of a tote full of baby ducks!!! Not only did your adventures make that Mama Ducks Mothers Day wonderful but mine too with such a heartwarming story! I will be looking for some duckling inspired patterns from you somewhere down the road! This morning My walk with Cindybear involved two cottontale bunnies and a squirrel whose peaceful morning was discombobulated by an airedale pup! Thank you for taking the time to help those ducklings. How wonderful the firemen took the time to rescue them! What will you encounter tomorrow???!! Happy Mothers Day!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Rincon - How lovely. Thank you for sharing that with us.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - That is so wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Sunnybec - What a fabulous story! One lucky duck with a happy ending, and aren’t they cute….that’s the ducks not the firemen :-) HugsReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Yay!! I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE this story!! Thanks for being you, and for taking the time to make sure these tiny darlings were reunited with their mama. xoReplyCancel

  • Susan - What a fantastic story! Im so glad you called and did something about it. Thank you! Lovely story :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Estrada - What a great Mother’s Day story. Thanks for sharing and for rescuing those little ducklings. I can only imagine how happy Mama Duck was (and is)!ReplyCancel

  • Florence - It is really a lovely and beautiful story !!

  • Ruth - What a sweet story! I’m so happy the firemen and your hubby responded to save the little ducklings. I walk near a pond and get to see ducks there sometimes. I love to see wildlife. Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Denise in PA - So, glad you saw the poor Mother Duck and so glad the firemen came through! This is such wonderful story, it warms my heart! Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Oh, my!! What a wonderful story!! I gasped when I saw those little ducklings in the bag! The perfect Mother’s Day story!! Thanks so much for helping to save them….now, I’m with everyone else, waiting for the quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - Happy Mother’s Day to you too. That story made my morning. See you soon.ReplyCancel

  • rosa - what a lovely story.
    Happy mother`s day!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Sharp - Awwwwwwwwww. That is so sweet. Silly ducks. Awesome firemen and husband. Thank for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Margot - How beautiful Anne! What profession is blessed fireman!

  • Vicky - Aww, shucks, you made me cry. Your story and the pictures are the perfect way to start off Mother’s Day! You’ve earned an extra halo today!ReplyCancel

  • LynnKoeppen - I am so glad you helped save those babies! Yesterday my husband and I saw a dead duck on the highway. We rescued her 7 babies and took them to a bird rehabilitation.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - That is the best story and I love the pics – thank you for sharing it. No matter what species you are, if your a mom, you always are concerned about your babies and sometimes you need a hand, thank goodness for your hubby and the firemen. Happy Mothers Day!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaaren - I L-O-V-E happy endings!

    Thanks for sharing, Anne. You’ve made my day!ReplyCancel

  • ina - Yay!!! Happy Mother’s Day to all. ;pReplyCancel

  • Julie Zaloudek - That is a wonderful story! So fortunate you were in the right place at the right time to hear the little ducks. They are adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - What a great story for Mothers Day!!ReplyCancel

  • VickiT - Awwwwwwwww how scared that poor Momma must’ve been. Awesome firefighters you have there to take their time to rescue all those babies. Great job to them all! They’re just too cute. We were driving Friday after my Ortho surgeons surgery follow-up appt. near WalMart and traffic came to a dead stop. I could not understand why but then we saw the reason …….actually a number of reasons. Two Geese were out taking a very large number of their babies for a walk across this busy road. They were chunky little babies and all fluffy waddling along.ReplyCancel

  • Mary F - I love a happy ending! Happy Mother’s Day to you! Hope you have a great Market.ReplyCancel

  • Kristyne - LOL! WAY too cute! I hope you told Nireko about this … you know … on account of the mother duck / baby duck thing you two have going … ;) hugsReplyCancel

  • Karen - Anne — I agree — made my day too !

    Happy Mothers’ Day — thanks for sharing.


  • Martha Raiford - Thank you so much. I so enjoyed your Mother’s Day story. Have a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Grace - That story just makes my day! I love the bag of babies! So precious!!!!ReplyCancel

  • rc - ALL of her babies fell in? POOR THING! :( I’ve seen a mother duck in distress before when her babies are in danger. This mama was soooooo lucky that you and Chelsea (and your hubby and fire dept) came to her rescue! :) That wouldn’t have happened in my city.ReplyCancel

  • Hildy - What a cute mother’s day story! HildyReplyCancel

  • Donna Wheeler - thanks for the sweet story about mama & baby ducks. That kind of story should be on every newscast we watch or hear, instead of all the political blah blah blah. Your pictures made the story come alive.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Roisler - Love it! What a blessing that YOU & your furbaby walked by duck-mommy and understood her body language. Thank you for your wonderful sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Patti - OK, so now I have tears in my eyes! What a sweet story…thanks for the photos! Mother’s Day isn’t just for humans!ReplyCancel

  • Marcha - A story with a happy ending, wow, that made your (and my) day!ReplyCancel

  • Paulette Doyle - Qh Anne, what a wonderful mother’s day story!! Don’t you just love it when men in uniform come to the rescue!! And everyone lived happily ever after!

  • Jenny - Thanks so much for sharing – I love a great story with a happy ending! And who doesn’t love baby-ducks – a whole bag full nevertheless! :-) Quack-quack!ReplyCancel