There are some different kinds of birdies on show at Didsbury Golf Club.
A few years ago Daphne the Duck was a source of delight as she enjoyed nesting in the stump of a tree by the 14th tee, oblivious to the action and verbal banter prevalent in that area.
Now one of Daphne’s relatives, Dolly, proved to be even braver as she set up a nest just a few feet from the door to the men’s locker room in a border garden a few inches from the busy pathways to the professional’s shop and first tee.
Dolly had perfect camouflage with her surroundings and seemed to be very happy and settled in such a public place.
Didsbury Golf Club assistant professional, Jason Dransfield, a keen ornithologist, kept a caring eye on Dolly to ensure that she suffers as little disturbance as possible.
Jason said: “We called her Dolly because she seems to have a very strong left wing just like my co-assistant pro Oliver Gray and we couldn’t wait for the ducklings to be hatched and then help them on the way to a happy life at Didsbury GC.
And the story did have a happy ending as a proud Dolly hatched out 12 beautiful ducklings and a couple of days later they were escorted to the River Mersey by the green staff to start their new life.