Category Archives: ducks

Reader’s wildlife video

It’s been a while since we heard from Tara Tanaka, but she’s back with a lovely video called “One fine morning in my backyard blind” (her Vimeo page is here and her Flickr page here). There’s a substantial description (indented): The water has been low in our cypress swamp for months now, but is holding unusually […]

Crafty ducks avoid multiple attacks by a bald eagle

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent me this video on Yahoo News, but I found it on YouTube so I could embed it. It shows three crafty ducks living up to their names by diving when a bald eagle attacks them eight times. This took place in Colorado, and the video is courtesy of Colorado Parks and […]

Ducks in the snow

Here’s a cute end-of-the-the day video that proves that ducks are no dummies! However, ducks can appear and remain through a late snow, as they did last year at Botany Pond on April 14. I am not sure if the hen in the second photo is Honey:

Readers’ wildlife photos

Regular Stephen Barnard has been busy this winter, explaining the dearth of photos from him. But today he sent a batch which weren’t labeled. However, you can recognize the animals, including Deets the Wonder Dog. The landscapes are taken on his property.               And three landscapes. Stephen called the […]

Tuesday: Duck report

Last week we stopped giving food to the ducks, and they’ve gradually disappeared from the pond. It was a hard decision, but I didn’t want ducks hanging around a frozen pond all winter, begging for handouts. (My theory is that they will migrate rather than find some other place in our area, but I may […]

Crowdsourcing duck information

Here’s the deal: we still have about 15 wild mallards hanging around Botany Pond, and we’re still feeding them. The pond has not frozen over, and the ducks are hungry. They vary in number: sometimes there are only two and sometimes there are none. But they always appear in groups of a dozen or more […]

Tuesday duck report

The pond is now partly frozen, but the ducks are still hanging on, though fewer in number. Our Secret Duck Farmer sent a brief report and a photo: 19 ducks for dinner on the mostly frozen pond. 18 degrees out right now. Look: some ducks are standing on the ice! I haven’t seen that before. […]

On Golden Pond: A handful of intrepid mallards remain

Of the twenty-odd ducks that frequented Botany Pond a week ago, we’re now down to a handful. One of them, though, may be Honey. Our Secret Duck Farmer reported from Botany Pond yesterday evening (report indented): Four ducks this evening. The pond is lovely in the snow, and I think one of the females was […]

The ducks are leaving

Right before I left Chicago, and for a few days thereafter, we had up to two dozen ducks coming for lunch and dinner. That’s over now, as there has already been light snow in Chicago and the ducks have dwindled down to a precious few. Here’s today’s report from one Secret Duck Farmer: Breakfast. No […]

The last duck post

I’m sure the ducks at Botany Pond will have flown south when I return at the end of November, so here are the last photos and videos I took of this year’s crop. Before I left, our beloved waterfowl were coming and going every day, as is their wont before the Big Migration. The lowest […]