Monday duckling report

So far so good: still eight ducklings. They all look good and seem quite vigorous. The family sleeps on the tree island at night; here they are in the a.m., with Honey not fully awake.

They’re eating well, too, now taking avidly to Cheerio crumbs, but still rejecting veggies. Honey is getting a decent amount of corn, but I await the arrival of my duck pellets this week.  As for Sir Francis, he keeps a decent distance from the others, and I throw him food now and then to keep him from encroaching. He’s also learned to avoid the sight of my fly net, which I brandish to stop his forays toward the family (I never hit him or touch him with it; it’s just a banner that I wave and shout, “Frank–NO!”)

Here’s the brood:

After meals, they all repair to the tree island, and Honey grooms herself. I think the ducklings emulate her and groom as well; it’s very cute.  Also, I saw the first dabble by a duckling today, who went bottoms up after a sinking piece of corn (successfully).

Here they’re all grooming:

16 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    He’s also learned to avoid the sight of my fly net, which I brandish to stop his forays toward the family …

    Quite the operant conditioner there, eh boss? BF Skinner would be so proud. 🙂

  2. Jeannie Hess
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this post after the Trump Memorial Day post. I really need the happier stuff these days.

  3. Taskin
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Great pics! They are growing so fast and looking good 🙂

  4. Colleen Milloy
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the duckling reports! Also cute to see the turtles hanging out with them all on the tree island.

    • Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. I was thinking that maybe Honey was adopting. She seems to be an exceptional mother.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully we’ll get a photo of a duckling dabble before they get too big. Man, they’ve grown; you’re obviously feeding them well!

    Do you ever see tdurtle hatchlings? I’ve seen many adults in the pond, but no wee ones.

    • Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      No, I’ve never seen a tiny turtle. About the ducklings: everyone says they’re bigger but I haven’t noticed. I suppose it’s because I see them so often I don’t really detect it.

      • Mark R.
        Posted May 28, 2018 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

        Maybe there isn’t sufficient safe ground to lay eggs. I’ve tried simple “islands” like the one in Botany Pond, but no takers for sliders. It’s probably a good thing though. A plethora of turtles can cause havoc on a small ecosystem…assuming Botany Pond can be considered an ecosystem.

        When you’re close to the kids, you can’t notice their growth. One day their fledged and flying away. WTF?

  6. phar84
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Never saw ducks as cute until now.

  7. Heather Hastie
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Lovely! Honey and Hili are highlights of my day.

  8. Glenda Palmer
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Going to use photo of Honey and ducklings in the pond as desktop picture for a while.

  9. Liz
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t been on here in a number of days and it feels like I miss my family. Glad to see all of the ducks.

  10. jhs
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Cute.cute.cute.

  11. Posted May 28, 2018 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Not sure if my eyes are misleading me, but in the second photo of the May 24th duckling report, the duckling second from the back seems to be trying out dabbling.

    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2018/05/24/duckling-report-2/

  12. Hempenstein
    Posted May 28, 2018 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Is that a Metasequoia there in the first pic?


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