The bill is gone

Well, I looked up the records for Honey’s appearances last year, and between the 25th and the 31st of August she left the pond three times and then returned for a day. She left for good on September 1.

We’re still hoping she’ll return for a goodbye and a feed, but don’t know for sure. In the meantime, as if to guarantee that she’d leave, Anna bought five pounds of corn yesterday and I ordered three bags of mealworms. Well, they’ll keep till next year. Until then, here’s a pair of empty nesters feeling a bit bittersweet (selfie by Anna). I’m holding corn and mealworms in front of an empty pond. . .


  1. busterggi
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Somewhere someone else is singing…

  2. Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I recall you writing about Honey at the pond much later than September 1 last year.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Damn, that’s the most bittersweet ending since Rick insisted Ilsa get on the plane to Lisbon with Victor Laszlo.

    Louie Anna, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

  4. Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what to say. It’s better that Honey goes rather than tarry too long or try to overwinter here. But my heart is a bit heavy, as some goodbyes are hard.

  5. SusanD
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    I have so looked forward to the reports on Honey and her brood, hope she comes back next year to keep us entertained! Thanks for all your posts.

  6. ladyatheist
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps the turtles would appreciate a few snacks.

    • Posted August 22, 2018 at 6:20 am | Permalink

      Anna is in charge of turtle feeding and they will be fed. For one thing, they’re gonna get the remaining 15 pounds of duckling pellets!

  7. Laurance
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Now we’ll be waiting until Spring to hear news of Honey coming back to you…

  8. Glenda Palmer
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m betting that Honey will be back to the pond a couple more times. I am guessing that she is out exercising her wings, checking her navigation equipment and landing gear. She will not head out until early September when she can feel fall in the air. I hope.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      It would be interesting to know if she’s filing an FAA flight plan for the Mississippi Alluvial Valley or nearby. Here’s a map showing the usual Mallard Mississippi flyway – anywhere in the valley down to the Gulf Coast:

  9. W.Benson
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I’d hate to see your mealworm bill.

    • Diane G
      Posted August 22, 2018 at 3:05 am | Permalink

      Someone has to keep the mealworm farmers in business…

    • Posted August 22, 2018 at 6:21 am | Permalink

      It’s about $100 or so, maybe more. I don’t count shekels when it comes to the ducks!

  10. Mike
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t be sad , she’ll be back.!

    • busterggi
      Posted August 22, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Honey is NOT a terminator!

  11. Posted October 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    The photo is beautiful.

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