Friday: Duck report

The weekend is nigh, but there’s no rest for ducksitters. My 25 pounds of duckling starter food should be arriving today, tomorrow I need to buy more corn and generic Cheerios, I’ve ordered three more bags of mealworms, and Anna is picking up giant bags of organic corn (only the best for our ducks!) at Costco.

Meanwhile, all is well with Anas plathyrhynchos at Botany Pond. Everyone (save Hank) got two good meals today.  Here’s Hanks and Frank palling around in the pond this morning, and then doing the Synchronized Double Dabble:

Tell me that this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen today!:

 

Honey is a great mom. I’d adopt her if I could. Note that there are still eight ducklings:

Lined up for the afternoon feeding. They come instantly to my whistle:

And the usual melee:

They’re resting on the tree island now, after having their postprandial preening; and I can go home happy.

Meanwhile, the turtles have totally taken over the Duckling Plank for sunning, making it bend under their weight:

 

29 Comments

  1. bbenzon
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Ah, the “duck whistler” eh?

    • busterggi
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Whistler’s Eider?

  2. Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    This is so precious! I have tiny baby quail in my yard, along with geese at a nearby lake. Baby animals are just the best–I’m happy to see these duckling are being well cared for. 🙂

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      Baby quail are so cute!!!! I used to have some in my front yard c. 30 years ago and I loved watching them. (I was living in the country.)

  3. busterggi
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    If the turtles are on the plank who’s holding up the world?

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Re the turtles on the plank, they happen to be synchronized as to size. Do they always keep their heads up like that when they’re resting? Doesn’t look very restful to me, but I ain’t no turtle.

  4. Jenny Haniver
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    It is delightful to see those little duckies close up. They’re fluffy charmers. Frank and Hank are mooning you since they’ve been relegated to the nether parts of the pond when you and your crew are around.

    This is the kind of quackery I love.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

      That was my reaction too – they’re mooning Jerry! 😀

  5. Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    “Honey is a great mom. I’d adopt her if I could.” Pretty sure you already have.

  6. Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Is that bending or refraction?

    • Posted June 1, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      I think some of it is bending, but I can’t be sure. It looks curvier than it has before.

  7. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Organic corn eh. No GMO for these ducks. Other than the label it must be impossible to know for sure, unless you did some DNA testing on the product?

  8. Mark R.
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the report. What a cute brood.

    So it looks like there is a map turtle along with the ubiquitous sliders. I wonder how many turtle species live in Botany Pond.

  9. Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    By the way, Trader Joes has a cheap Cheerios knock-off at $1.99 for a fairly big box, if memory serves. Perhaps you get them for even less at some sort of bulk store.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Who among us doesn’t love synchronized swimming?

    • BJ
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Most people, I would venture.

  11. Posted June 1, 2018 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Sure that little duckling is WAY cute, but the cutest thing I’ve seen today?

    well…..

    http(ess)://i.imgur.com/MRHJhaP.gifv

    (link intentionally borked because I am an idiot and don’t trust my posting abilities – remove the obvious)

    • BJ
      Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Hilarious!

  12. Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I just looooove the photo of the baby duckie!!!! Yes, it IS the cutest thing I’ve seen today! I love how you are so attentive to their needs…that melts my heart. 🙂

  13. BJ
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Such floof!

    If the turtles have taken the plank, is there a backup safety measure for swift duck escapes?

    And, if the turtles have taken the plank, what is next? Tree Island? Iwo Jima?

  14. Glenda Palmer
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I think Honey has done an extraordinary job of keeping this little brood safe.

  15. Taskin
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    How many people walk by Botany pond without a glance, little realizing the drama that unfolds there?

  16. jhs
    Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if there is a leader of the duckling pack.

  17. Posted June 1, 2018 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Would the overlords of Botany Pond allow a big old log to be installed there? The ducks and other critters would love it! Tamara dragged one to her pond with great results. The other day, I passed a natural pond and there was a gorgeous male Mallard resting on a partly submerged tree trunk.

    • Posted June 1, 2018 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      Great idea for the turtles who nee to sun themselves!

    • Posted June 2, 2018 at 4:17 am | Permalink

      I doubt they’d allow that; they pride themselves more on the beauty of the pond than on its congeniality to wildlife.

      • Mike
        Posted June 2, 2018 at 7:45 am | Permalink

        When word gets around in Duckworld, about this fabulous place with top of the range duck comestibles, that pond ain’t going to be big enough.

      • Posted June 4, 2018 at 11:42 am | Permalink

        A shame those are not the same!


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