My duck is back again

After more than a 24-hour absence, Honey the Duck reappeared this morning, and my heart leapt as I saw her paddling toward me. She had a respectable breakfast and then retired into the reeds. Her wing feathers are very long now, and I suspect she’ll leave for good when I’m in Poland.

Yes, this cycle of departure and return is an emotional roller coaster, for I do love that damn duck! Who knew I could bond with a mallard?

Here she is this morning; note the distinctive bill stippling that I can use to identify her if she returns. Her speculum glowed a deep purple in the early light:

Here are the bill markings on her left side: 

 

24 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Honey… How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

  2. Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    It’s like she’s messing with your head, Jerry…or just cannot bear to leave you!

  3. BobTerrace
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    When she does leave, you can always look forward to her return next year for her next brood is ducklings.

  4. Jenny Haniver
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    ” Her speculum glowed a deep purple in the early light.”

    Now that’s clearly written by someone who’s deeply smitten.

    • rickflick
      Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

      purple = passion

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:20 am | Permalink

        Eek! Is it purple prose? No, ardent devotion.

    • Barry Lyons
      Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      And that’s nice writing, too!

  5. Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    That´s a beautiful purple detail.

  6. Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I am detecting a pattern here.

    • Đani Stojanov
      Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I just came post the same sentiment, hahaha.

  7. GBJames
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    This duck stuff seems to be spreading. I recently received this notice from the City…

    “Complaint description: DNS Activity:Other Animal Problem| Duck or goose kept in lower unit of building. entered address: …”

  8. alexandra Moffat
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    You have us on a duck rollercoaster, too!
    She is indeed beautiful…

  9. J Cook
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    She might not leave at all Jerry. Mallards are known to ‘give up’ migration. As Canada geese do. Yesterday we saw a chain of Canadas flying over outer Geary St in S.F. Anybody who plays golf knows about Canada geese.

    • Posted August 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      She has to leave as the pond will freeze over and there’s no food. It’s inevitable. If she stays she’ll die.

      • Rita
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

        Ha! We all know that you would NOT just let her die!

  10. BJ
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    “Yes, this cycle of departure and return is an emotional roller coaster, for I do love that damn duck! Who knew I could bond with a mallard?”

    I have to admit, I’ve found this whole thing quite hilarious…and rather touching!

  11. BJ
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    “Yes, this cycle of departure and return is an emotional roller coaster, for I do love that damn duck! Who knew I could bond with a mallard?”

    I have to admit, I’ve found this whole thing quite hilarious…and rather touching!

    • GBJames
      Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      There’s an echo in here! 😉

      • BJ
        Posted August 29, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink

        I think I double-clicked, which I guess was too quick for the duplicate comment system to pick up.

        Looks like I just picked a whole bouquet of oopsie daisies…

  12. Mark R.
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Talk about playing hard to get!

  13. Posted August 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Jer, Jer, Jer: The duck is playing you for the fool!

  14. Charles Sawicki
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I think Honey wants to spend the winter with you. Better prepare an indoor duck pond!

  15. busterggi
    Posted August 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Wait, she’s probably studying Duck-Polish so she can meet you while you’re away and be able to talk to the natives.


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