Sunday: Duck report (Honey leaves and returns)

It’s been a regular duck roller-coaster around here. Two days ago Honey and James were disporting themselves in the pond, the loving couple shown below (lots of big koi also go for the noms):

James attentively guarding his mate:

A video of the loving couple trying to eat in the wind. Note James paddling backwards at 0:19β€”one of his skills. Honey finds some corn on the island.

Then when I came to the pond yesterday morning, Honey had disappeared! James looked stunned and then depressed, and didn’t eat very much. She was gone for a day and a half, and most of the time James sat disconsolately on the island, hunched up and sad. He didn’t eat very much, either. Sometimes he’d swim around the pond aimlessly. Photos from yesterday and this morning:

Where is she?

Then, some time between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today, Honey returned! I was overjoyed, and, judging by the amount that James ate, so was he. Honey had a good feed, too. But where did she go? I’ll never know.

James stretches out his neck in joy:

14 Comments

  1. Mark R.
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Honey has no idea what she puts males of the same and different species through! Glad she’s back though. πŸ™‚

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Don’t ask, don’t tell. Quack.

  3. BJ
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    You need food’n, baby I’m not foolin’
    In the pond at UC schoolin’
    Way down inside Honey, you need it
    I’m gonna sit by the pond
    I’m gonna sit by the pond

    OH!

    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks

    When you been migratin’, baby I’ve been shaken
    All them good times baby baby with my mealworms
    Way, way down inside Honey, you need it
    I’m gonna give you my grubs
    I’m gonna give you my grubs

    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks

    Anna’s been ‘graphin’, while I’ve been travelin’
    All the good times baby, I’ve been missing you
    Way, way down inside, I’m going to give you some corn
    I’m gonna give you every bit of my corn
    And build a ramp for your like duck young

    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks
    Got a whole lotta ducks

    Way down inside, duck, you need grubs
    Flap for me girl
    I want Frank to be your backdoor man
    Hey! Oh! Hey! Oh! Hey! Oh!
    Migrate when it cools baby
    Migrate when it cools baby
    Migrate when it cools baby
    Migrate when it cools baby

    • BJ
      Posted September 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      I admit this is not my best work…

      • JezGrove
        Posted September 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

        Poor James Pond: Trampled Under (webbed) Foot. (Apologies! But it’s “Zepptember” on Planet Rock…)

        • BJ
          Posted September 25, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

          Pond-Yr-Aur is the best instrumental song in history made entirely of quacking sounds

    • Posted September 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

      Good one! Though perhaps it should be “Had a whole lotta ducks” in respect of Honey’s big brood this summer.

    • Posted September 23, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      It’s cute, I like it. πŸ™‚

  4. George
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Honey was looking for the BBD – bigger and better deal. Apparently, she did not find it and came back to James.

    Maybe she knew that all the first years would be marching through Hull Gate yesterday and did not want to be around for it.

    I hope all the new first years who arrived on campus yesterday learn quickly to respect the Pond and its residents. Although someone probably ended up in the pond last night after the Glow Party.

  5. JezGrove
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I guess Honey the Heartbreaker was Over the Hills and Far Away having a night Out on the Tiles. Sorry that I had to Ramble On like this!

    • JezGrove
      Posted September 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      Oops, my post was meant to follow comment 3 above.

  6. Posted September 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like Honey has been fooling around either with another drake or another professor emeritus. I recall from my U of C days (long,long ago) that the physics faculty were a pretty shady bunch.

  7. Posted September 23, 2018 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…. Honey has been a stellar mom. I wonder she has been quietly checking up on the kids who might be congregated at a watering hole not too far away.

  8. ladyatheist
    Posted September 24, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    8 koi in one shot! They need noms for the winter, too. I’m glad they’re getting some.


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