Wednesday: DuckLog

Honey and Frank are still with us, and eating heartily. But I’m of course worried what will happen when I leave for several weeks on Friday. Will there be ducklings? Will they suffer because I can’t feed or help protect them? Well, it can’t be helped, but I’ll still be nervous.

Yesterday the pair got two hearty meals, and I received in the mail another two pounds of mealworms in the vain hope that someone would feed them in my absence.

Here they are waddling toward me for breakfast, having just exited the  pond. Frankc constantly makes little gutteral noises, but no full-fledged quacks. Honey has been silent lately.

Ever the gentleman, Sir Francis stands guard over Honey while she eats, looking around and occasionally taking a nibble of corn. The absence of a brown patch on his chest has convinced me that he’s the offspring of a hybridization between a wild mallard and a domestic duck:

A formal portrait of Frank:

And one of Honey:



  1. Laurance
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad for you that your Honey duck came back to you, and with a boyfriend as a bonus. It seems to me that Honey has always been special to you.

    But what has happened to Trixie and Norton? Are they staying away because of Honey and Sir Frances Drake?

    • Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      I think they were either driven away or, more likely, left. They had been at the pond on and off, then disappeared, and that’s when Frank and Honey showed up.

  2. alexandra Moffat
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Maybe there is a wild life center or Audubon branch in the area who would check on and feed the duck pair? I can’t believe that there is nobody who will take on that delicious “chore”. If I lived in the area, I would be honored & delighted….

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      That’s a good idea. I’m sure a donation to one of the animal charities would do the trick. And they could share the responsibility too so it wouldn’t all fall on one person.

  3. Barry
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    If you want to insure they have ducklings you should send them to a duck fertility doctor. Just make sure he’s not a quack.

    • Andrea Kenner
      Posted April 11, 2018 at 7:19 pm | Permalink


  4. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Nice photos of the Chicago family. I find you can never have enough animal pictures.

  5. Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    love the photos

  6. Hempenstein
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Any chance of having them banded, so you don’t have to worry about who’s who next year?

  7. Posted April 11, 2018 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Gutteral noise vs. quack: I remember when I heard a crow do something other than caw for the first time – that was very weird.

    In that case I was told the caw is the “I see you” and they ordinarily remain otherwise silent when around large animals like humans. Not sure if that’s so or not though.

  8. Thud
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Honey has three toes on each foot!

  9. Mark R.
    Posted April 11, 2018 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I love the new serial installment: Ducklog. Well, we know you won’t be logging soon…hope someone will pick up the slack. This is when you want the peeps to get on the lawn.

  10. Posted April 12, 2018 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I see no snow anymore, so I believe they will cope.

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