Category Archives: ducklings

Wednesday: Duck report

The weather has cooled down (right now it’s a comfortable 70°F (21°C) in Chicago, and the ducks are happy and healthy. Now they’re up to four feedings a day—but only if, after the third, they still act hungry. When I walked by the pond on my way to the library this morning, they were all […]

Monday: Duck report

All is well here at Botany Pond, though it’s bloody hot today: 93°F (34°C) at the moment. But the pond is shady and the ducks are paddling around in cool, fresh water. Here are some scenes from yesterday. They all came streaming to my lunch whistle, and lined up facing me, waiting for their duckling […]

Sunday: Duck report

All is still well at Botany Pond, though it’s hot today (about 35°C), and I fed everyone early so they could nap during the heat of the day. When I was approaching the pond this morning, a rather large mammal was walking on the nearby sidewalk. I thought, “Holy jeez: that’s a big cat!” before […]

Friday: Duck report

Good afternoon, all. This duck report covers both yesterday and today, as I lacked time (and photos) to do a proper one yesterday. Here’s yesterday’s postprandial bathing. I love this photo as Honey looks as if she’s smiling at her brood (I suggest enlarging it). Yes, there are eight ducklings there. And this morning’s feeding […]

Wednesday: Duck report—with THREE videos!

All is well with the ducks despite yesterday’s trauma. I had a mini-trauma today: I went to the pond and there were FOUR DRAKES swimming about: Henry, Hank, and two new interlopers. Honey spent a long time chasing them around, and I worry that this wears her out. The ducklings stayed on the island and […]

Honey is back!

Here’s the sad sight that greeted me this morning: the brood huddled together on the cement edge of the pond, peeping pathetically. I spent an hour looking all around the pond for feathers, a duck carcass—and nothing. And there was no sign of mom. I went back to my office and spent another half hour […]

Ducks and food

I’ll combine a duck post with a food post today. Since “d” comes before “f”, here’s the Daily Duck Report. I’ve not much to tell: there are still eight ducklings and they’re entering their awkward teenage stage, with their down becoming spiky feathers. They’re still ineffably cute, though. And their peeps, which they make when […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

I am having trouble braining today, so posting may be light. But there are two videos filling the wildlife slot. The first comes from Tara Tanaka in Florida (vimeo site here, flickr site here), who took some video of Bob the Bobcat, whose picture I posted yesterday. It’s not clear to either of us, though, […]

Sunday: Duck report

I’ve fed the Anas platyrhynchos (there are still eight wee ones) twice today and now will go feed myself with goat and handmade tortillas at a Mexican birrieria. This morning I fed them in the dark and rain, and couldn’t take any pictures. It’s still raining, and the duck island has become muddy. Rather than besmirch […]

Saturday: duck report

I’m glad to report that all the ducks are still there—eleven, including 8 ducklings, Honey, and Hank and Frank. They’ve all been fed twice, and the family is reposing on Tree Island to get away from the crowds. Today’s photos: The morning feeding at 7 a.m.: very quiet and rainy. (The rain let up about […]