Sunday: Duck report (with fledging)

Three of the ducklings have left the pond, apparently permanently (they were not there this morning or this afternoon). Five are left along with Honey. The smaller hen Phoebe is still timorous and hard to feed, which makes me anxious. I hope the other ducks go on their way soon so I can take proper care of her.

Pictures tomorrow.

Where did they go? I don’t know. Will I ever see them again? I doubt it. But I can take satisfaction in knowing that I helped get them strong and healthy for their migration.


  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted July 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’ll take this as good news.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted July 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I would guess they go to water not far away at first and then who knows. We have several pieces of water (small ponds) here in this neighborhood and the ducks move around. There will be some who tend to stay in the same area but others move around from day to day among 5 or 6 ponds. All of the local geese here do the same thing.

  3. alexandra Moffat
    Posted July 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Other than The Lake, are there nearby appropriate for ducks bodies of water? I wonder how far they fly on their first outing – maybe they will return…

    • George Pawlus
      Posted July 29, 2018 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

      There are ponds/lagoons in nearby Washington and Jackson Parks. About a half mile in each direction, Washington Park to the west, Jackson Park to the east. Lake Michigan is not good duck habitat. Waves too big, Only food would be inside the breakwaters. There is good duck habitat about ten miles south in both Lake Calumet and Wolf Lake.

      • Posted July 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

        I bet they will end up in those urban lagoons since they equate people with food. They will probably find and bond with other kindly duck-feeders like Jerry.

    • Posted July 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      Yes, there are several bodies of water nearby that are substantially bigger than our pond but smaller than Lake Michigan.

      . . . oops, I just saw George’s answer. His answer is pretty much right on.

  4. Laurance
    Posted July 29, 2018 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Honey came back this year. I hope she’ll be with you next summer too.

  5. Posted July 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Bye, bye, Birdies. Be well, go forth and multiply.

  6. Diane G
    Posted July 30, 2018 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    I’m simultaneously glad to see them moving on to the next stage of their lives and sad to see the little family saga near its end!

    With luck, Honey will have to linger longer till her molt concludes.

  7. busterggi
    Posted July 30, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Kids – once they leave home they never phone or write.

    BTW, Rackets and her four kits haven’t been around for over two weeks – I hope they’re okay. Competition for food with other racoons has been getting literally fierce lately with my having to break up many fights. No one fights with the skunks.

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