A duck sausage fest: six drakes

It started out with two drakes this morning. Then it began snowing and then there were three (photographed from my office window):

Now there are SIX. That’s Gregory in the foreground, doing his best to defend the pond and drive the others out, but I dare not feed him lest the others stay:

 

What the deuce is going on out there? Does snow make the drakes go to ponds?

26 Comments

  1. Posted April 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    “Does snow make the drakes go to ponds?”

    One of life’s imponderables!😊

    • Mark R.
      Posted April 14, 2019 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

      Maybe ducks don’t like flying in the snow and they happen to all be drakes because the hens are sitting on eggs. ???

    • Posted April 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Maybe water is freezing over somewhere nearby?

      • Posted April 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

        oops, I see that hypothesis has been discarded below…

  2. Grania Spingies
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Could the interlopers be previous offspring of Honey?

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      Good question. Last year I was wondering what would happen if the offspring returned to the small pond. I imagine though, that they will have to slug it out with the rest of them.

    • Posted April 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      I was wondering the same thing, and if the professor would have a whole passel of peckers to care for.

  3. Posted April 14, 2019 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Snow. Fighting ducks. There is nothing like a spring day in Chicago.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Male Mallard mayhem!

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    If you want ducks, just add water.

  6. Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Could other lakes/ponds have frozen over – urban heat island effect keeping yours liquid perhaps

    • Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      Not likely given that it’s been warm and nothing is frozen over right now, not in the area.

      • Dominic
        Posted April 15, 2019 at 3:34 am | Permalink

        I think they were hatched there! last year’s ducklings. Indeed, I wonder if being fed as ducklings reinforced the association & has stopped them dispersing? But if that were the case, where are the females? I always thought there were several drakes for every duck I saw… is there higher mortality of females? I cannot see why there might be – I would expect higher male mortality as they are more easy to see…! Interesting!

  7. Roger
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Ah but did the snow bring the ducks or did the ducks bring the snow?

  8. Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Like I said on your previous post – it is Game of Thrones in duck land. Winter is Coming.. 😀

    • Posted April 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      And I said they were evolving into a social species.

  9. Posted April 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I think these ducks just landed. They come from away.

  10. George
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Humans helping ducks

    • Christopher
      Posted April 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Nice to see and hear good news once in a while. For another bit of cheer, it is being reported that there has been three new calves of the North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis, spotted off the New England coast. Last year there were none, and with only 450 or so left, every calf counts!

    • Posted April 14, 2019 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for posting this heartwarming video!

  11. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    You’re gonna need a bigger boat more duck names.

    • Posted April 15, 2019 at 4:46 am | Permalink

      The great winger Frans Peckenpower.

      The tennis playing duck Boris Pecker (on second thoughts, perhaps not).

      Bill Clinton, obviously

      Drako Malfoy

      Duck Ellington

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted April 15, 2019 at 5:02 am | Permalink

        Or if we just wish to be deferential:

        M’lard

      • Jonathan Wallace
        Posted April 15, 2019 at 5:05 am | Permalink

        If female names are needed how about:

        Anna Tid?

  12. bewilderbeast
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    You may want to get ready to avert your eyes. Things can get – well, interesting in the duck world!
    https://oscarwildebeast.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/your-sex-life-is-boring/

  13. Andrea Kenner
    Posted April 18, 2019 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    Maybe their “womenfolk” were all sitting on eggs, and they were bored and lonely and looking for something to do.


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