Saturday: Duck pix

It’s very cold here today: just above freezing this morning and still very chilly. Temperatures should start rising on Monday and then, perhaps, the two hens (Honey and Dorothy) will start building their nests.

In the meantime, I’m trying to feed them up while ignoring the three interloper drakes who have plagued Honey, Dot, and their favorite drake Wingman. But feeding is hard because Wingman and the two hens would rather chase the interlopers away at feeding time than eat the food! I think their main concern now is getting those drakes to go away.

I took some photos and a video, but will show only two pix today.

Here are two of the invading drakes preening on the cement bathtub:

Don’t forget to wash behind the wings!

See, my speculum is prettier than yours!


  1. Liz
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Nice pictures!

  2. Charles A Sawicki
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    In ND we await the arrival of toasty warm mornings where it’s above freezing. The last two days it’s been 2 degrees F just after sunrise.

  3. Posted March 21, 2020 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Dr. Coyne, for my daily inoculation. Your photographic skills are superb.

  4. Posted March 21, 2020 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Scientists always have to invent a fancy name for things. Speculum, indeed. I prefer “racing stripe” or “species insignia”. 😉

  5. amyt
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    It seems it’s hard to get your ducks in a row!

  6. Mark R.
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    My, what pretty orange feet you guys have.

  7. Hempenstein
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Has Daphne been seen?

  8. rickflick
    Posted March 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    The drama is beginning to unfold. Expect more action in coming days.

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