More proof that Katie = Honey

The bill picture this morning was dispositive: the mallard hen we’ve called “Katie” all summer is certainly Honey, my favorite duck who bred here the last two years. She was gone this morning, but returned this afternoon in the company of the large and handsome drake Ritz Quacker. Here are the pair this afternoon, along with views of the left side of the bill from today and from last year, showing that there’s a match on that side as well as the right. The duck is, without doubt, Honey.

Honey and Ritz:

Left side of bill this afternoon (Honey looking up cutely):

Left side of the bill on August 12, 2018. It’s a match again.

17 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to know what Honey would do if she saw a life-size picture of herself

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      A fight?

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to know what Honey would do if she saw a life-size picture of herself

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

      A quack-off (since the fight didn’t work on the first attempt)?
      Going to go for the third try?

  3. Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy for you, Jerry! ‘Tis a wonderful world!

  4. Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    PCC reunited with Honey just as the time approaches for her departure. Sweet irony.

  5. Jenny Haniver
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    She’s certainly a swain magnet.

  6. Bruce E Lyon
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    This is not only heartwarming but interesting. These markings are surprisingly similar across years and it will be interesting to do the same comparisons with your other females from this year and females you get next year.

  7. ladyatheist
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    If your camera has high enough resolution, can you compare the irises? That’s how eagle spotters identify grown-up eaglets.

  8. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    As Prof. ‘iggins said, “By George, I think she’s got it!”

  9. Mark R.
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    No doubt in my mind.

  10. Andrea Kenner
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Ritz Quacker! What a great name!

  11. rickflick
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    A happy result.

  12. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Welcome home, Honey

  13. Heather Hastie
    Posted August 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always thought Katie was probably Honey, so I’m thrilled that there is now proof.

  14. polly3yr
    Posted August 28, 2019 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Honey knows a good-looking sailor when she sees one


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