Even though the eggs are laid at a rate of only one a day, they are usually all hatched on the same day, hence the reason why the incubation doesn't start until the whole set is laid.
It was on May 13, 2010 when I captured this group of baby Northern Pintails crossing the road on Ruby Line Road. It is thought that the pintails who wintered here may have their young earlier than those who are returning to our area. With the six to ten days to lay the eggs and 22-23 days to sit the eggs and the target date of around May 13, it is quite likely that the laying process has already begun for some of our pintail families. Charge your batteries - it won't be long now before the baby ducklings begin to show up all around.