I live in Waterloo, about 5 minutes from the Crossroads Center, and we have quite a few Mallard ducks that live among us. This spring a mother duck decided to lay her eggs in my hosta bed, located in my front yard. She sat on the eggs relentlessly until they hatched 2 days ago. We tried not to bother her until they hatched, but through lawn mowing; plant watering; occasional passerbys she never moved one feather. Never left those eggs.. (wasn't she hungry or thirsty??) They hatched about two days ago and have not been heard from since! I took a few pictures of her as the eggs started to hatch with a zoom lens.