It being near Remembrance Day, I’ll put this in military terms: Of the slug patrol (1st Ducks) which went out yesterday morning only one has returned, One is definitely Killed in Action (Francis the Drake) and two are missing presumed dead. A long search this morning found no trace. The remaining duck, thought to be Maisie is showing signs of stress. The culprit was Mr Fox, spotted in the beam of my head torch as I came to shut them in for the night. We’ve been worrying for some time about losing them to the nearby Goshawk, which took chickens earlier in the year, and took our eyes of the threat nearer the ground.