Wild Swedish Duck Nest In My Garden
Hello all, I went to prep my vegetable garden this morning and was quite surprised to see a female Black Swedish Duck had made a nest there. It has 8 eggs in it. I didn't know she was there and scared her. She flew into the water (I live on a salt water lagoon) and yelled at me for a few minutes. A few others and some mallards all came to her to calm her. I didn't know they were laying yet, but we haven't had below freezing temps at night for a week or so. I left immediately for fear of her deciding to abandon the eggs. (Don't know anything about ducks and if they will abandon the eggs or not, but didn't want to take any chances.) I don't know how long the nest has been there or how old the eggs are.
I should obviously just leave them alone, but my issue is this: I am going to dig up my garden and completely rip out and restructure where she is. I have loads of compost and plants coming, and people coming to help do the work. Can I move the nest? If so, how will she find it? I don't want to leave them for the seagulls to get either. If she just laid the eggs, they will take another month before they hatch. Even longer if she isn't finished laying. We also have a cat 2 doors down that loves to sleep in a corner of the garden and I'd hate for him to get the eggs or babies too. Will animal control relocate the eggs to a brooding duck? Or do they just 'do away' with them? Any suggestions?