Wednesday: Duck report

There may not be duck reports for several days: although I will continue feeding them, I won’t have time to post as I’ll be entertaining visitors. We shall see. In the meantime, the little ones are getting big and ducklike, and even their wings seem to get bigger every day.

The postprandial procession this morning: Honey is usually in the lead but this time she’s bringing up the rear. Eight—count them, eight—ducklings.

Look how big their wings are! And they seem to be flapping them more often, too. On a day not too far away, they’ll flap them and take off.

The usual melee at bathtime, with Honey standing guard:


  1. busterggi
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Wait until they all come back next year to raise their own families.

    • Posted June 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Not gonna happen. Didn’t happen last year!

      • Posted June 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

        The same with a pair of white storks I observe: they bring up one or two chicks every summer, but there is never competition around the nest in the next spring, always one pair comes and settles.
        (There was another pair before, they died. I wonder whether one of the current tenants is their child.)

        • Dominic
          Posted June 28, 2018 at 3:33 am | Permalink

          You have to get ornithologists to ring them… but I suppose that is hard with such big birds without hurting them?

          • Posted June 28, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

            I guess so. I used to go birding with members of our society for protection of birds, and nobody ever attempted to ring a stork, or even discussed it!

        • Liz
          Posted June 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

          I’d love to see pictures.

  2. Posted June 27, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    What kind of visitors are they that wouldn’t like a stroll down to feed the beautiful ducks and ducklings? I would be there with my own corn!

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    A most welcome respite from having the calamities of the day shoved in one’s face.

    The photo of the flotilla of little ones sailing toward the lily pads reminds me of little children I sometimes see on walking field trips from school. They’re usually paired up two-by two and are instructed to hold hands,but soon the orderly pairs uncouple,the line gets ragged and the teacher says something like “Girls and boys, hold your partner’s hand and walk two abreast, don’t run, don’t jump around.” I think Honey’s given up with that sort of thing.

  4. LB
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! So hard to believe how much they’ve grown!!

  5. Mark R.
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    After 3 days will we even be able to tell them apart from Honey! I’m exaggerating, but not a lot.

  6. Chuck Morrow
    Posted June 27, 2018 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I saw this on a local news site in Japan, maybe your ducks might likes some watermelon?【video】/

  7. Dominic
    Posted June 28, 2018 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Soon you will feel the loss of a parent when they fly off! 😥

  8. Lauren Bartholomew
    Posted June 28, 2018 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Husband and I began re-watching the Sorpranos series last night. Must say, I thought of you during that first episode! Hope you’ve seen the first episode, even if watching the series doesn’t interest you.

    Men and their ducks!

  9. Hempenstein
    Posted June 28, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Have you been able to single out any duckling(s) from the others yet?

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted June 29, 2018 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    You are one proud papa!

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