Category Archives: ducks

My ducks

I don’t think my new mallard hen is Honey, but she sure has a handsome boyfriend! I was afraid that my four-day absence would drive the ducks away, but, sure enough, they were in the shallow end of the pond this afternoon, waiting for their mealworms and corn (no, they won’t eat peas).  And they […]

I fed my ducks

Ceiling Cat help me, I’m back feeding the ducks again. Though I doubt that this new mallard hen is Honey because of the disparity of beak markings between this year and last, the female still comes to me when I whistle, and she did the very first time we encountered each other two days ago. […]

Houston, we have ducks!

I was told by our office staff that two ducks had arrived at our pond (“Botany Pond”) in the last few days, and yesterday I went out to see. I walked to the pond’s edge and gave the same three-note whistle that I used to call Honey last year. And, sure enough, a mallard hen—followed […]

Duckling rescue

I’m a tired boy and have a children’s book to work on. It’s nearly finished, but whether it will get published remains a mystery (my agent doesn’t handle this stuff, so I have to use other approaches). One thing I’ve discovered, and should have realized, is that writing children’s books is no walk in the […]

My duck is back again! (I think)

I’m sorry, but I’m going to subject you to another duck post. You don’t have to read it, of course, but don’t try to deplatform it! Walking back from the doctor’s (good news: no cortisone, no surgery, just continued exercises), I was stopped in my tracks when I walked by the pond. There I spied […]

Another animal crime: dog attacks beer-drinking, bowtie-wearing duck in a pub

This just in from reader Krod, and the story, from The Poke, seems to be real (also verified in The Somerset News). You couldn’t make this headline up: A duck known for drinking beer from a glass and wearing a bow tie got into a fight with a dog in a pub in Devon, reports […]

There be ducks!

Mirabile dictu: it’s turned warm today, and I went down to the pond just in case. .   And there I found a pair of mallards: a lovely female and her handsome boyfriend, who seemed to be getting along quite well. Sadly, I couldn’t get close enough to the hen mallard to see if it was […]

Here are the ducks!

Did you find the 11 ducks in this morning’s photo by Robert Seidel? Here’s the reveal. The ducks are circled, and within each circle the number of ducks are (from left to right): 1, 7, 1, 1, and 1.

Spot the ducks!

Reader Robert Seidel gives us a puzzle after my own heart: There are 11 ducks (Anas platyrhynchos, of course) in this picture – can you find them all? The buildings are the Salzspeicher in Lübeck, Northern Germany. The reveal will be up at 11 a.m. Chicago time. Now find those ducks—ALL of them! Click on the photo to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s Duck Day, which means that the post right after this one will be a “spot the duck” item. But here we have two lovely photos of flying mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) taken by Stephen Barnard, and I wanted to put them up today to remind me of the late departed Honey, my beloved hen mallard, […]