Thanks @missy. When I worked for Audubon in south Texas, they were everywhere. I even got to rehab a few injured ones. I loved to hear their soft whistles. There were so many awesome birds in Texas as well as those who migrated through and I really miss seeing them. It's the only thing I miss about living in Texas lol. I'm curious why they're up north.
This was outside our front door a couple of years ago, the day before my son’s birthday. We saw her again a few times the year after but no sightings this year. (I assume it was the same mum as she was walking the babies on the same route, from a pond in the next street, causing traffic to stand still for them on the main road!). Any babies that dawdled at the back got a firm telling off from mum (at least, it sounded that way to us.)
I often wonder if wild animals know how to count their babies? How do parents know they got them all? Strictly count on calling?