Two interloper drakes at the pond; Frank defends his food

I’ve had two reports on the ducks since yesterday, both showing that Frank has now become aggressive towards his food. Not only that, but a third drake has shown up at the pond. Frank protects his corn against all comers.

Yet there’s still no sign of Honey, though she may be somewhere sitting on eggs. If she doesn’t reappear this summer, I will be inconsolable.

Here’s Sanja’s report along with a video and a photo. Notice the “head down” posture assumed by Frank when driving off his competition:

It looks like Frank is accumulating frenemies, or the rumours of our corn are spreading.

The three draketeeers. Frank, in the center, clearly has a lighter bib than the others, suggesting that he’s a partial hybrid with a lighter domestic duck.

Yesterday, Anna saw only Frank and one interloper, Henry, at the pond, with Frank driving Henry away from the corn. The report and a video:

I posted a new video of Frank chasing Henry off of food. Under no circumstances will Frank allow Henry to eat Frank’s corn. I even tried to give Henry some corn to see what would happen, and Frank successfully defended all the corn from Henry’s advances. Pretty cute.

This is all interesting, of course, but I want ducklings!

5 Comments

  1. busterggi
    Posted May 10, 2018 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    If its any consolation I may be able to send you some raccoon kits in a couple of months…

  2. Posted May 10, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I think we are all awaiting Honey!

  3. ladyatheist
    Posted May 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Evolution in action!

  4. rickflick
    Posted May 10, 2018 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    All these males! They must be getting lonely.

    • Posted May 11, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Could it be they are congregating because all the females have successfully produced eggs or whatever and are saying “go away”?


%d bloggers like this: