Just a short note to explain that I was fooled for the umpteenth time by the old injured bird trick the other day.
While moving some hoses, a Wood Duck shot out of the grass and stumbled away from me with one wing dragging. As there are a few people who walk their dogs on the course from time to time, I felt she might be pretty vulnerable, so I decided to follow her and try to ascertain just what was wrong - could I help, was euthanasia warranted?
Just as I was about to follow, she turned and came toward me and veered off slightly. I thought this will be easy, I could probably catch her quickly.
Then the penny dropped. I turned around in time to see half a dozen babies hot footing it for some better cover. When I scanned the ground ahead of me I noticed another four lying doggo in the grass.
I retreated and allowed her to shepherd the last lot into the better cover with the others. I headed off to move more sprinklers, trying to remember just how many other times this had happened to me. Just a slow learner I guess.