I wonder where she is. . . .

Or where they all are.  Here’s the crop of this year’s ducklings, photographed when they were awkward teenagers. Honey was a great mother. Now it’s snowed in Chicago, and the pond is vacant. I hope that wherever she is, she’s warm and has lots of food.

I’d take bets on whether she’ll be back in the Spring, but I have no idea. . .

18 Comments

  1. alexandra Moffat
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Must count on something these days so I am counting on her return and on another fine brood.

  2. Posted November 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhhhh I love ducks. 😭🦆

  3. Claudia Baker
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Such a sweet picture…

    Hopefully Honey is warmer than we are here in Eastern Ontario. We are getting a huge dump of snow right now. Ulgh.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Don’t worry, boss, Deano feels your pain:

  5. Glenda Palmer
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to Honey’s return and a long season of PCC updates on a brood of healthy ducklings.

  6. rickflick
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve done the math, completed the analysis, used Bayesian methods, flipped a coin, checked the tea leaves. Chances are they’ll be back.

  7. David Duncan
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    “…the pond is vacant.”

    Are the turtles gone too?

    • Mark R.
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      They’re hibernating in the mud.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I bet she’ll be back. Do you remember ducks at Botany pond before you became a duckophile? Maybe Honey has been there in years past and you didn’t notice, and if so, more of a chance that she’ll be back.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      I believe she will be back because I can’t bear to think otherwise.

      I suspect she was coming before Jerry noticed her too, and she’s going to keep coming back to a place where she feels relatively safe and especially has a reliable food source.

      Also, because of Jerry she was able to fledge eight ducklings this year. I don’t know whether they remember stuff like that, but if they do, she will associate that success with Botany too.

  9. Grania Spingies
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    • rickflick
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      Just ducky!

  10. DrBrydon
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    You’re a great godfather, Jerry.

    • Posted November 19, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      If the role of a godparent is to ensure that the children are appropriately Christian, I am sure that *this* will end well 😉

  11. zoolady
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    We have wild ducks who fly into the zoo every year to hatch chicks. (There’s lots of food to steal and it’s safe there.) Whether or not it’s the same pairings or if it’s the chicks returning to their first home, we don’t know. But, I’m counting on Honey’s successful return. We’ll see….

  12. Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Let’s see. Unlimited free food, plentiful mates, duck islands, safe place to raise nine offspring…What’s not to like? She’ll be back.

  13. Posted November 18, 2018 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    If I were her, I’d return. Where else could I find such nice food?

  14. Dominic
    Posted November 19, 2018 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    Why not get them ringed next year? You could become a proper ornithologist & join a local bird group!


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