Honey is back!

Well, this is absolutely beyond belief. Anna reports that Honey has returned to the pond—and to James. To quote her:

Honey is back and James seems quite happy. I’m concerned about the disgusting film in the pond though. What do you think it is?

Perhaps Billzebub proved too aggressive for her, or she got hungry (she looks a bit thin). I’m not sure what Anna means about the “film” on the pond, but it could be that white stuff on the surface at the top of the first two pictures. Readers?

First, a video of the loving couple reunited, taken by Anna. She is sure from Honey’s behavior and bill markings that it really is her. I’m very pleased.

Three photos:

And so the soap opera continues: As the Pond Turns.


  1. Reggie Cormack
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Well, if there’s one thing we know from all James Pond films – he gets the girl in the end.

    • W.T. Effingham
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      In the meantime, James may have been a bit shaken, but not stirred.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:48 am | Permalink


  2. Laurance
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    What kind of mushy sentimental person am I anyway?? Here I am rejoicing that a duck in Chicago has come back to the pond and her boyfriend and caregiving professor (who is away right now) and his assistant. With all the crappy news I hear (and today’s dreary weather in central PA) I am delighted to be uplifted.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:45 am | Permalink


    • Hempenstein
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

      And I (near Pittsburgh) am uplifted that there’s someone in central PA who, in contrast to certain relatives, finds all the news crappy.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted October 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm | Permalink


    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Well I don’t care what anyone else thinks! I needed some good news today, and I think this is wonderful!!!

      I’m so pleased the good guys won out in the end. (James and Jerry of course.)

  3. Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    It looks a bit foamy to me, but hard to tell from photos. If it’s foam, here is something I found about that…
    “Foam is a common problem in both outdoor and indoor fountains, usually caused by an excess of proteins and other organic compounds left behind by bacteria, plants, or animals. The compounds form a slick layer on the surface, which is then churned up into foam by the splashing water.”

    • Rita
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      I think it’s called pond scum.

      • David Coxill
        Posted October 15, 2018 at 11:11 am | Permalink

        Leave the repubs out of this .
        Sorry, could not help myself .

  4. Gregz
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Days of Our Ducks.
    The Guiding Pond.
    The Edge of Pond.
    General Duck Pond.

    • Liz
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Maize of Our Lives

  5. Paul Techsupport
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    In picture 3, the white foam in the background looks like excess organic waste in the water. A lot of duck food not eaten by ducks or turtles? Nothing but a distant guess.

  6. notsecurelyanchored
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Good grief! Honey’s story is beginning to sound like Madame Bovary, or something. Madame Mallard?

  7. Rita
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I’m glad for this news, I’ve always thought Honey would come back to James.

  8. Claudia Baker
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Like most (but not all) girls, Honey probably found the bad boy too much after awhile. Bad boys are exciting, sexy and fun at first, but eventually, a girl has come back to reality and to the good duck, James. Might not be as heady as hanging with the fast crowd, but it’s a lot safer, and the food is better.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:37 am | Permalink

      I think you’re right about that. Hope she learned her lesson.

  9. yazikus
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    This is certainly bright news for a Monday!

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Took her back, no questions asked?

  11. Randall Schenck
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    You had mentioned earlier, the pond was fed by a pump. Made some noise you could hear in the video. Maybe recycling the water so if there is some organic items in the water the pump might cause the foaming. Some type of filter might help?

  12. Giancarlo
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Typical: wife leaves for a while to return and find husband made a mess of the house.
    It would be helpful to have a closer up view of the scum or even better a microscopic examination, but this is what I found for whitish pond scum: Microcystis algae can change from white to green and have a gas vescicle that allows them to regulate buoyancy, migrate through the water column and pop up at the surface (can produce a toxin); protozoa, of no real concern; floating pollen if there are any fall pollinating plants around the pond.

  13. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Listening carefully to the audio on the video, I’m sure that I can hear duck vocalizations as they circle the food. Not quacks, just duck sounds. I wonder if it’s just James, or both of them? And are they’re usually that vocal when feeding?

  14. David Coxill
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Do you think feeding them is preventing them from heading south ?

    • George
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

      Nothing is heading south yet. Not sure where you live, but at this latitude, migration has not begun. It usually does not get underway in earnest until November. The weather is still fine.

  15. Posted October 15, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    B might have left Honey for a younger and prettier duck. Or he may have run into a rotor on a wind turbine.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Or maybe he flew inside another set of window bars (as is his wont) and there was no benevolent biology professor to set him free this time.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Teddy Roosevelt (of whom Henry Clay Frick said, “We bought the son of a bitch but he didn’t stay bought,” would be appalled. Note Herbert Hoover looking from beside the column, unimpressed.

    • Diane G
      Posted October 16, 2018 at 4:04 am | Permalink

      Kinda fun, actually, but something that belongs more fittingly in a basement rec room than the Oval Office.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted October 16, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        Just like Trump.

  16. Posted October 15, 2018 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Bottom of last photo: Are those white orbs EGGS?!!

  17. Posted October 15, 2018 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    As others have conjectured, the white foam could be as a result of excessive organic matter in the water or it could be even spawning fluid of the goldfish: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/there-white-foam-koi-pond-morning-94255.html

  18. Hempenstein
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Ducks is as ducks does. It’s ducks, Jake.

  19. Posted October 15, 2018 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one getting concerned that Honey seems to be failing to migrate to warmer climes? Shouldn’t she have gone South by now?

    • George
      Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      NO! See above. Not time yet. I will be happy to post once the skies are full of migrating birds. I am surrounded by forest preserves. The migration is unmistakable.

      • Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        So the entire duck population of North America is destined to freeze to death this winter. Oh the humanity!

        • George
          Posted October 15, 2018 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

          Don’t forget the geese. The migration does not take that long. According to this article, they can fly up to 800 miles in one eight hour day. I assume that is with a strong tail wind.

          I don’t know about ducks, but many geese fly at night, beginning at dusk. Supposedly, they do not like thermals. Good for circling effortlessly like a raptor but they interfere with flight. Also, fewer predators.

          I have seen some skeins (actual name of the flying vee) but I am not sure if it is actual migration or birds gathering in preparation for migration. The skeins I have seen are small. Once migration starts, they are huge. Over a hundred birds.

  20. polly3yr
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Ain’t love grand, though?

  21. George
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    So the BBD (bigger and better deal) turned out to be less than met the eye. I blame all this on PCC(e) and Anna. They were so over the top in their approval for James that Honey rebelled. If PCC(e) and Anna had disapproved strongly of James, Honey would have cemented her bond with him a long time ago.

  22. George
    Posted October 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    The water in Botany Pond is regular Chicago tap water. Comes out of Lake Michigan, is treated – yes there is some chlorine and fluoride in the water. Others have stated that the chemicals pose no threat to wildlife. There is a regular flow of fresh water into the pond. One winter, someone shut off the flow, the pond froze and all the fish died.

  23. Posted October 29, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Good news! I hope Honey and James live happily ever after for the entire breeding season!

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