My ducks

I don’t think my new mallard hen is Honey, but she sure has a handsome boyfriend! I was afraid that my four-day absence would drive the ducks away, but, sure enough, they were in the shallow end of the pond this afternoon, waiting for their mealworms and corn (no, they won’t eat peas).  And they look as if they’re getting into better condition. I make sure to give the hen extra food as she may be incubating some eggs.

Here are the latest photos:

Isn’t he a handsome lad? His emerald-green head glistens in the sun.

And the adorable hen. I need names for both of them.

The happy couple. They seem to get along very well, sharing their food and not pecking each other:

I like this one, as it shows a vigorous shake:

49 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    The ducks were quietly mumbling, “where’s Jerry and our damn corn? We’re hungry & we’re left here eating stuff found in a pond like regular duck schmucks”.

  2. Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I love all your ducks, Jerry. Even though it is difficult to see their eyes = )

  3. Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Really nice pix. I’m happy for all (three) of you.

  4. alexandra Moffat
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    They are absolutely gorgeous – which means excellent health (not to mention , it is THE season). Super photos….

  5. Mark R.
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh, true love 😍

  6. GBJames
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Any update on the response-to-whistle behavior, PCC[E]?

    • Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      If they see me, they come running,or rather swimming; if they don’t see me, and they’re there, they immediately come when I whistle.

      • GBJames
        Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

        Is this pair approaching you more rapidly than last year’s ducks? If the hen isn’t Honey, is it likely that these ducks are still returners from last year? And they already knew you as a good source of noms?

        • Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

          Yes, they came the first time I whistled (the male, I think, followed the female). But the only ducks I fed last year were Honey, her brood, and (before the deadbeat absconded) her husband.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted March 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

          Quacks have spread among the ducks that Jerry has corn.

        • Posted March 17, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

          A duck knows a sucker when they see one.

  7. Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Rosalind for the lady duck’s name, (Rose for short) and Alfred for the boy (Alfie for short).

  8. Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    He can be George and she can be Marge.

  9. Bob Bottemiller
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Duck couple names: George and Gracie.
    (If you get the reference, you’re as old as me.)

  10. Posted March 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    What a happy-looking couple they are!
    He is Henry, she is Beatrice.
    Hank and Bea.

  11. Posted March 17, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Ducks!!! ❤️ Happiness- Thank you also for sharing the beautiful photos.

  12. Posted March 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Peter & Olivia. Or Clark & Penny.

  13. Flamadiddle
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Mr. & Mrs. Ducky McDuckface.

  14. Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Very handsome

  15. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Trying to think of names based on great singing duos. But I can’t think of any great singing duos.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 17, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Nelson and Jeaneatte.

    • GBJames
      Posted March 18, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

      The Everly Brothers! (not that it applies here)

  16. Richard Portman
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Those are beautiful ducks. In the summer we go to Kolob reservoir at least once a week and there are always ducks. I could watch them all day, they are so interesting . It is really something to see when they catch and devour crawdads. I don’t think she is Honey, but it’s hard to tell. Guess you would have to ask another duck.Thanks.

    • GBJames
      Posted March 18, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Wow. There’s a Kolob reservoir!

  17. Benjamin
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    How about Melanie and Melvin?

    In Latin, Greek and a bunch of other languages mel/meli/melissa all refer to ‘honey’ or ‘honeybee’.

    Could be a nice tribute to the duck Honey!

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted March 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      In Greek a lot of the “mel” words been “black”. Melanie comes μελανία which means black. I know this because I am over educated, in reference to the previous post. In Latin “mel” means honey. This is why mixing ancient languages can be so wrong. Think of all the trouble with podiatry and paediatrics and so forth.

      • Posted March 19, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

        Those who have some biology will also remember “melanin”, for example.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted March 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

          But only because you’re over educated.

      • Posted March 23, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        I think that “meli” has a meaning “honey” also in Greek. There were some nymphs associated with ash-trees and honey production that were called Meliae.

  18. Posted March 17, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Chester and Daphne.
    Daphne:
    Famed for its intense rose-citrus perfume, Daphne odora flowers in winter and spring, filling the air with its delightful fragrance.
    Chester:
    From a surname which originally belonged to a person who came from Chester, an old Roman settlement in Britain. The name of the settlement came from Latin castrum “camp, fortress”.

  19. allison
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Duck-naming contest! I propose ‘Arthur’ and ‘Guinevere’.

  20. Posted March 17, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    The male is extremely handsome. Beautiful coloring. Very streamlined, aerodynamic coloration. The green of the head is especially gorgeous, but the rest of the coloring highlights the head.

  21. Diane G.
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Charles & Emma.

  22. Heather Hastie
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I think the girl should be Marmite or Nutella or something similar because it looks like she’s been dipping her beak in it.

    I remain convinced that the hen is Honey’s daughter, so I’d like her to have a similar name.

    The drake is gorgeous! I can’t think of a good name for him. Maybe George, the most handsome Beatle, or Ringo, because it’s a more ducky name. And you like the Beatles and ducks eat insects.

  23. Matthew North
    Posted March 17, 2018 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been comparing the pics of Honey and this hen and I’m not convinced they’re two different ducks. The bill markings seem to me to be similar. Coloration and markings change with wear and tear, time and age.

    Any ornithologist out there care to pipe in?

  24. Posted March 18, 2018 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Writer’s Wildlife Photos

  25. Andrea Kenner
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Honey (II?) and Pi

  26. ladyatheist
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    For the hen, “Sugar.”

    For her boytoy, “Spice.”

    Too corny?

  27. Hempenstein
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Honey II and Dewey – the latter already a duck name. Corny, sure, but that’s what you feed them…

  28. Bob
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Francis and Frances Drake.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Good one!

  29. Bruce Lyon
    Posted March 18, 2018 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Daffy & Daisy.

    If by chance Jerry happened to hang on to any feathers last year from Honey as keepsakes it would be possible (but a bit pricey) to compare DNA from honey and the female from this year. I have a colleague who has developed a method to get DNA from feathers and then get genomic level (SNP or single nucleotide polymorphism) data from the feathers.

  30. Lauren
    Posted March 19, 2018 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Name idea: Quick & Quack, if you ever followed CarTalk

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 19, 2018 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

      Nice play on their broadcast names! 😀


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