Category Archives: ducks

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, […]

No duck today

It’s now been 2.5 days since Honey showed up at our pond, and the weather is getting cooler. I have no way of knowing whether she’ll stay in the area this winter, but she’ll surely not visit our small pond after it freezes over. In the meantime, I hear the echo of the “Soup Nazi” […]

My duck came back!!!

I was told that if the weather was unseasonably warm for a few days, there was a chance that my beloved mallard hen Honey would return to our pond. And, sure enough, it’s been over 90°F for four days in a row. Every day since I’ve been back, regardless of the temperature, I’ve gone out […]

The world’s nicest man

This man deserves some kind of a medal for kindness to ducks. What should the award be called? It doesn't matter how many people (or ducks) you help, as long as you help. #EverydayHero #Hellohumankindness — Dignity Health (@DignityHealth) September 8, 2017 h/t: Matthew (who, as a curmudgeon, said the ducklings would be okay […]

Farewell, my duck

Well, I just went to the pond to see if perchance Honey was there for a Final Breakfast, but she was gone. I suspect that in the evenings she finds somewhere safe to sleep, as the duck islands are pretty much covered with water and don’t look too comfortable. So off I go, and I […]