My brother came over to fix my AC unit and when he walked up to it a duck flew out of a bush. I peeked in the bush and sure enough, 12 eggs! I live in a huge development with houses on tiny lots - the next house is a whopping 15' away. There is no water close by other than the community pool a block down.
I hope she came back after we left. I fear for these baby ducks. My neighbors let their cats wander and they have two strays that are always on my porch in the morning. The duck nest is just outside my privacy fence so there is nothing protecting it except for the prickly bush she chose. We also have foxes and the occasional skunk.
I am thinking of calling a wildlife center to see if they will come out and try to get mama and her eggs. The ducklings will not survive and she might not either.
I love baby ducks and will be horrified to see them get picked off.
#1 - Your duck may seem to be in danger from the dangers you can think up- but the rest of the world is also full of danger. That duck may have chosen that spot because you afford her a level of protection SHE APPRECIATES. if she is a wild duck- she could have flown to the most beautiful pristine wild wetlands- she had pretty much unlimited choices but she chose your house. Don't second guess her... and if her nest fails- it's not any fault of yours- nests out in wilder places are raided by predators too- it's just a tree falls in the forest situation. You are just there to hear the tree fall. Many other fall "without making a sound".
#2- Resist the urge to do anything "helpful" like set out a water bowl or feed her while she's brooding- anything you do near her nest or change- may UN-do the reason why she chose that spot. You run the risk of attracting a predator (like a raccoon) with your help. So just leave her to her own devices.
I'm trying to think about after hatching and how she will move the babies to water if you live in a trafficy area. Hmmm...what to do?