Hartland, MI (AP) A duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs before walking the hallways with her ducklings to get out.

The Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports the duck named Vanessa has appeared at Village Elementary School in Hartland for the past 13 years. Ruth Darrah, now a retired teacher, makes sure the duck gets a helpful welcome each year.

The newspaper reports the duck flies into the closed-off courtyard, crawls under a specific shrub, digs out her nest and lays her eggs. After the ducklings hatch, Darrah and others tape black construction paper along the walls, creating a clear path for the ducks to get to a nearby pond.

This year’s hallway waddle took place Thursday.