Tuesday: Duck report

I haven’t yet looked to see if the mallard couple is still in Botany Pond, though when I came to work early today there were two ducklike shapes on the island that were barely visible in the dark. (They might have been cypress knees.) At any rate, they were there yesterday and had three good meals courtesy of Anna and me.

James continues to be very attentive toward Honey. In the first photo he’s guarding her while she sleeps (one eye closed: mallards sleep with one eye open and one half of their brain awake, alternating sides). In the second photo he’s watching her as she feeds.


  1. ladyatheist
    Posted September 18, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    … and turtle lagniappe.

    • George
      Posted September 18, 2018 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      Are the turtles even lagniappe anymore? Just part of the usual background.

  2. Hempenstein
    Posted September 18, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    My, how orange your legs are, James!

  3. bonetired
    Posted September 18, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    A fair number of UK mallards do not migrate over winter but stay put in various lakes, canals, ponds, rivers. Is that because winters here are generally milder so there is less pressure upon the birds to looks for sunnier climes?

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