Category Archives: ducks

A farewell to wings: many ducks come, but I must leave

As the weather gets colder, more and more ducks are arriving at Botany Pond and staying here. I’ve had to buy 100 pounds of duck chow in the last ten days to ensure that they’re well fed before they take off for the fall migration (mallards can lose up to 50% of their body weight […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have pried some photos out of the hands of Stephen Barnard, especially since I saw one on his Facebook page featuring a gazillion mallards. Here they be (mallard photo last), with Stephen’s captions indented: October is the time of year that elk (Cervus canadensis) gather on my place for the rut. It’s also the […]

Monday: Duck report

Although I have a few batches of wildlife photos left (and I remind you to please send me your good ones), it’s time for a duck report from Botany Pond. Most of the ducks have fledged now and left the pond for good; we take pride that of the 28 hatched, 27 survived (one died […]

Sunday: Duck report

My reserve of readers’ wildlife photos is rather low (send them in, please), and so today I’m featuring a Duck Update, with pictures taken September 6 and 7. Only a few ducks remain.  Honey and her huge drake swain Ritz come and go, but have been here for the past three days. Daphne is here, […]

Proprietor’s wildlife: Sunday duck report

This post should bring us pretty much up to date on the Botany Pond ducks.  We have one addition to the pond: a handicapped duck has arrived. It’s a hen, and while she can apparently walk and fly well, and eats normally, she can’t swim very well, and paddles frantically when in the water, with […]

Thursday: Duck report

I’m catching up with duck reports, and have at least three to go. As summer wanes, and the Duck Days dwindle down to a precious few, I have bittersweet feelings. I’m proud that my two co-duck-farmers and I raised 29 out of 30 ducklings, and from three separate broods. Further, they’re all healthy and will […]

Evolution Illustrated by Waterfowl

by Greg Mayer Since Jerry’s not feeling compelled to write much today, I thought I’d bring to readers’ attentions a must-have book: Evolution Illustrated by Waterfowl, by David Lack. Many WEIT readers, like Jerry, are devoted anatophiles, which means you’ll want to have this small classic by the great British ornithologist, David Lack. Lack, though […]

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 […]

Katie is really Honey! She returned!

UPDATE: I’m told by one of my fellow duck farmers that Honey nested on the second floor ledge of the “Botany Building” (now Erman) last year and the year before, and “Katie” (really Honey) nested on the third floor ledge this year. So not only does she come back to the same pond to breed, […]

Sunday: Duck report

I’m trying to catch up on the duck reports, and am getting closer. Katie’s brood is almost completely gone (there’s one offspring left, but it could be Anna’s), but Katie is still here, as is Anna. It’s curious that both moms are hanging around after their brood has departed, as these moms have fully molted […]