On Golden Pond: A handful of intrepid mallards remain

November 1, 2019 • 12:00 pm

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 Honey—though my attempt to get photographic proof of that was hampered by the wind and snow.  It’s an artistic photo of her, though.

I’ve done some manipulation of the photos, including taking screenshots of them, so I can show what the SDF sent, but could post only two of the five photos he/she/they/ sent:

Could this be Honey? Perhaps a savvy reader can tell, but I can’t.

9 thoughts on “On Golden Pond: A handful of intrepid mallards remain

  1. I have to pass on something I saw this morning that really surprised me. A mother duck leading her little ones across the road from one piece of water to another. This is November 1st. How does this happen at this time of year??

    1. They could be resident ducks. I think people believe that migration should be done by now. It is just beginning. Last year, we had snow and a brutal cold snap in Chicago a week before Thanksgiving. I think – would like some confirmation. There were huge movements of geese, ducks and other birds immediately thereafter. But I think the driving force was that water froze. As long as there is open water, I get the impression that migratory birds are happy to stick around.

      Last year, birds were still migrating in December. Ducks can travel as much as 500 miles a day. They can make it to their winter grounds in under a week. They need to find water and food to recharge between long flights.

      It is easy to spot which birds are resident and which are migrating. Resident birds fly fairly low as they move from place to place in search of food. Migratory birds are at a much higher altitude.

  2. “On Golden Pond” — and to think daddy is off on an Antarctic cruise so won’t be there to watch Honey do her special back-flip off the diving board on the dock. 🙁

  3. It could be Honey, as the bill markings are similar, but the photo is too blurry to allow for a definite ID.

    I wonder if related ducks tend to make the trek south together in one flock, along with some ‘outsiders’ of course.

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