Saturday duck report

I’m pretty convinced that Honey and her man are in the pond for keeps. They’re there all the time, despite the fact that it’s bloody cold and part of the pond wears a thin skin of ice in the morning. I’m convinced that she’ll nest and produce a brood; I just hope it’s not when I’m gone. If any grad students are reading this, I’ll pay you to feed the ducks when I’m gone for two weeks starting next Friday.

At any rate, I feed them twice a day, and they waddle ashore for corn and then hie back to the water for the floating mealworms. Honey’s a bit skittish, but her companion is a gentleman, standing by on watch as she eats, and letting her have first crack at the food.

It was below freezing when I fed them a while back, and so they ate lying down, with their legs tucked underneath. Here are some formal portraits:

Honey:

Unnamed drake (PLEASE SUGGEST NAMES):

Keeping warm:

43 Comments

  1. Ed Collins
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Name? Sir Francis !

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      Of course!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Bowls!

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      I’m hoping the fine name Sir Francis is selected by PCC for Honey’s handsome mate.

      If so, I have a nice short story I will share about Drakes in drag. AND… it is about ducks. I await PCC’s decision.

    • Posted April 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

      That’s very good, yes… After the great British naval captain, Sir Francis Duck.

  2. Cynthia
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    They are gorgeous! Name suggestion for the drake – Hans. Honey and Hans 🙂

  3. Liz
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    James, Mr. Honeycomb, Timothy, Sunbill

  4. Karen Fierman
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Names for Honey’s guy: Dew; Suckle; Mustard; Bear; Boo Boo.

  5. Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Given what’s going on, I suppose Donald is out of the question. That’s too bad, because the Donalds have similar personalities — preening narcissism, hot tempers, and enemies almost too numerous to list.

    From Wikipedia:

    Donald has numerous enemies, who range from comical foil to annoying nemesis: Chip ‘n’ Dale, Pete, Humphrey the Bear, Spike The Bee, Mountain Lion Louie, Bootle Beetle, Witch Hazel (in Trick or Treat), Aracuan Bird and Baby Shelby (in Mickey Mouse Works). During the Second World War, Donald was often enemies with Adolf Hitler.[11]

    So, to spite Donald, I nominate his Warner Bros. rival, Daffy. It was notable that Donald never critiqued Daffy in public.

  6. Yvonne Wilder
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    He looks like a Dexter to me!

  7. Bob Gilbert
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    There can be no doubt — this is “Mandrake”

    • Karen Fierman
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      Oh, too good: MANDRAKE, yes!

    • Bob
      Posted April 8, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      My recommendation too.

  8. Filippo
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    “Unnamed drake (PLEASE SUGGEST NAMES):”

    I suggest Hari (Seldon).

  9. Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Drew (instead of Dew); Leon (Mandrake, the magician); Manuka (the Honey of Honeys).
    Since this drake is a gentleman, then anything other than Donald will be a good fit!

  10. bonetired
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    4468 …..

  11. John S
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Name: Pooh. Winnie-the-P. always kept honey at the ready whenever it was “time for a little something”.

    • Acolyte of Sagan
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

      I was also going to suggest ‘Pooh’, because Pooh loves Hunny.

  12. Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Could Trixie be the old Daisy of summer of 2017?:
    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/pond-update/ducks-5/

  13. Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Badger

    • Jimbo
      Posted April 7, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      Winnah!

  14. Posted April 7, 2018 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I suggest Dripper (after the gone-too-soon band.)

  15. Acolyte of Sagan
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Honey and Nutz is a natural combination.

  16. Mark R.
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    BooBoo. Just kidding, that would be horrible.

  17. Posted April 7, 2018 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Floyd Duck.

  18. Tom M.
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Hamlet

  19. Posted April 7, 2018 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Millard?

  20. glen1davidson
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Emerald. OK, probably not, I just think his head is a gorgeous green.

    Glen Davidson

  21. Lars
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Why not “Graham”? After all, he is a quacker.

    • Filippo
      Posted April 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      Why not Billy Graham? After all, he has a bill. 😉

      How about “Locust”? (Re: John the Baptist)

  22. Roger
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    What is the opposite of Honey Duck! Sir Vinegar Duck!

  23. Roger
    Posted April 7, 2018 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    How about name him “Everybody”. “Everybody Duck”.

  24. Posted April 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Ducky McDuckface.

  25. Posted April 7, 2018 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I suggest Drake.

    • prinzler
      Posted April 8, 2018 at 11:31 am | Permalink

      More precisely, Drake, the drake.

  26. Chao
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Want to consider a Chinese name for Honey’s companion? In Chinese, Honey is equivalent to “Mee” (蜜). So how about Honey and Mee (“Mee” = “Me” = Jerry equivalent)

    • Posted April 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      I’m afraid not many here understand Chinese. Naming him Jerry would be interesting though.

  27. Rob Aron
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Name? Mead

  28. Mike
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Henry and Honey or Honey and POO,

  29. Posted April 8, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Here’s another gander at the naming:

    Honey and Webster (y’know, he’s a duck and in recognition of his host’s erudite talents);
    or Honey and Walden (and this is Walden’s pond;
    or Honey and Henry (after Henry David Thoreau).

  30. Mark Ayling
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Gozo.

    … because it’s the second of the Maltese islands, and Malta (Melita in Latin) means ‘Honey’.

  31. mightyog
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Vinnie, as in vinegar. Who can catch more flies, Honey or Vinnie?

  32. Bob
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    How about Sir Francis?


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