The bill is gone

. . . maybe. My mallard Honey was acting weird yesterday, being very skittish and not eating all her food before paddling back to her duck island. Today she hasn’t been around for breakfast, lunch, or tea. Maybe she’s just messing with me, but maybe she’s gone for good. If she is, well, that means she can fly, and I’m happy about that. But I’ll miss her.

Here she is with her ducklings (3 drakes and a hen) on May 28 and then on June 31. They all grew up healthy and flew away. She was a great mother.

They grow fast, don’t they? Honey’s in the rear.

Maybe she’ll come back tomorrow.

18 Comments

  1. Randy schenck
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    If Honey is going to migrate it could happen anytime from the end of August to the end of November. Mallards they say, tend to go later. Early migrators are the Teal and that is why they sometimes have an earlier season on ducks like teal. I know you do not want to hear any of this….

  2. Simon Hayward
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Jerry, either she is going to bail and fly away from you or you’ll do the dirty on her and fly off to Poland, leaving her nomless. Either way, this is a doomed relationship.

  3. George
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Jerry – how could you create that title for a post and not link to this video?

    • rickflick
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      +

    • BJ
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Was just about to post asking if the title was a BB reference. Surely, right?

    • Posted August 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      Of course I was thinking of that song!

  4. Laurance
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Umm, okay…I’m mixed up here. I thought Honey was the duckling who was being run off by her brothers when it was feeding time at the zoo. I thought you kept her healthy by feeding her so that her brothers couldn’t take her food.

    Now it sounds as if Honey is their mother. So what happened to the duckling who was being bullied? What did I miss?

    • Hempenstein
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      You are not the only one who thought she was one of the ducklings.

      • Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        For a while I thought the remaining duck was the female hatchling, but when I discovered that the adults molt and chicks don’t, I realized that she was the mom. It was only after that that she got her name “Honey.”

        She’s the MOM.

  5. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Been a while since I went through a really bad break-up. There’s no cure, as I recall, but Sinatra tunes and a bottle of good sour mash can help ease the pain.

    Here, I’ll get you started with the Sinatra (you’ll excuse the bad toup):

    • BJ
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Was your breakup also with a duck?

      One can only hope the duck stops there…

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted August 28, 2017 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

        Duck, duck, bo-buck, banana, fanana, fo … er, nevermind the Shirley Ellis name-game right now.

        • BJ
          Posted August 28, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

          Let’s try…Brad!

  6. Don Mackay
    Posted August 28, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    A man singing the blues wearing a tie!
    BBC roolz maybe.

    • George
      Posted August 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

      Blues singers always dressed sharp.
      Muddy Waters

      Howlin’ Wolf

  7. starskeptic
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Is Viserion the one on the far right? I get confused…

    • BJ
      Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      Viserion just destroyed Duck Island and let all the White Floaters in.


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