Category Archives: ducklings

Report from Jerry: Phoebe’s gone again

Anna reported yesterday that, after spending a day with Honey in the pond, Phoebe departed again. Perhaps this time it’s for good, but it was time for her to leave, and at least she had a grand reunion with her mother before taking off. Now I’m not sure whether Phoebe really has flown the coop […]

Both Honey and Phoebe have returned!

The duck soap opera continues at Botany Pond. Yesterday we learned that, after both ducks were driven away by chainsaws and commotion as the Pond’s reeds were cut down by an unwise order from Buildings and Grounds, Honey returned after a day’s absence. Phoebe remained AWOL. Late yesterday afternoon, Anna sent me a text message […]

Troubles in the duck pond

The latest duck report is a bit sad. Without telling me, and despite their promise that they wouldn’t do anything to the pond, Grounds and Landscape Services sent two people to the pond this morning to cut down the tall reeds at the north end of the big pond, and they used small chainsaws and […]

Readers’ wildlife: My ducks

We’re down to two ducks: Honey and her daughter Phoebe, once a runt but now getting bigger. Phoebe is able to fly (we’ve seen her take to the air twice), but is still hanging around her mom, as she’s a timorous and clinging duck. She is also well fed on corn and mealworms. (Phoebe is […]

Friday: duck report

All is going well at Botany Pond: Honey has reduced her aggression towards her timorous daughter Phoebe, and they manage to eat together without much rancor. Honey’s wing feathers continue to grow after her molt, but little Phoebe, though her wings seem large, hasn’t yet flown—at least to my knowledge. Still, this year 7 ducklings […]

Duck caught speeding in Switzerland

Spot the pun in this story (click on screenshot to see the original, which is reproduced below in its entirety): The story: A speed camera in western Switzerland has snapped a duck twice within a period of three days, Swiss police said on Friday. The camera in Köniz, a municipality southwest of the city of […]

Friday: Duck report

What behooves a well-fed adolescent duck to migrate away from a food-filled pond tended by two nice Feeders mystifies me, but they’re leaving indeed. It’s the pull of Nature and their genes. We’re down to two ducklings and Honey now: six have flown the coop, strong and healthy, and the fowl that remain include the […]

Tuesday: Duck report

Well, we’re down to four ducklings now, as one apparently flew the coop (or rather the pond) last night. So we now have on hand (or rather on wing) Honey, who is temporarily flightless because of her molt, and four of the eight ducklings, including the small one who is bullied, Phoebe. But first let’s […]

Sunday: Duck report (with fledging)

Three of the ducklings have left the pond, apparently permanently (they were not there this morning or this afternoon). Five are left along with Honey. The smaller hen Phoebe is still timorous and hard to feed, which makes me anxious. I hope the other ducks go on their way soon so I can take proper […]

76 merganser chicks in the Big Parade

I’ve been sent this story and photo by many readers, and have delayed putting it up. Could it be I was miffed because this duck outdid Honey? At any rate, the photo of a common merganser hen (Mergus merganser) with a train of 76 ducklings has gone viral. The story and one likely explanation is […]