26 thoughts on “A duck teaser

      1. The elevation must be an instinct that became fixed in other species like wood ducks and whistling ducks. They nest in tree hollows and are comfortable landing on branches.

        1. In quite a few duck and goose species the chicks fall stupendous distances from nests in trees, on buildings or on cliffs (depending on the species in question). Being very light and fluffy these seem to bounce down without (usually) coming to any harm from the fall.

          The up side of nesting at height is that the eggs are not vulnerable to predators such as foxes that can be a significant cause of nest failure in ground nesting birds.

  1. There she is! I found her, too!

    The governor of PA has just shut down our county as of 8 this evening. (The map looks weird. Counties on either edge of PA are shelter in place, and then there’s open space, and there in the middle we are, with Penn State a ghost town, and now we’re shut down, too.)

    So with all this scary virus nastiness it’s a happy comfort to look for our Special Duck.

    My daughter and I went for a Socially Distant walk yesterday evening, and there in the creek some three blocks downstream from where the ducks congregate was a big white duck. I wondered if someone’s pet had gotten loose. My daughter said that on very rare occasions she’s seen a white duck among the mallards.

    Hooray for ducks! Hooray for cats. (And yes. hooray for d-gs, too.)

    1. Thanks; this is a good reminder that it violates no quarantine restrictions to go to the park and feed the ducks. I remind readers not to give them bread, but stick to stuff like frozen corn, peas, greens, or freeze-dried mealworms.

  2. Professor Ceiling Cat,

    Since you love ducks, we thought you might appreciate photos of a pair of mallards in our Seattle neighborhood. The past few years they’ve visited our bird feeding area for a few weeks each spring. They mostly eat the millet we put out for juncos, towhees, and other ground feeders. The last couple of weeks we’ve been giving them the good stuff, millet mixed with peanuts and sunflower chips. Last year we supplemented the millet with frozen corn which they quickly depleted but this year the corn stays in the freezer as part of our social distancing supplies.

    As a side note, we used your Paris travel postings to plan a trip there with friends in September of 2018. We had spectacular and comfortably warm sunny weather every day except one, walked 70 miles in 10 days, and visited several sites and restaurants you recommended. And like you, lunch was frequently our main meal of the day, usually followed by a museum visit or walk to another part of the city. So, thank you for your insights that helped us have the most enjoyable and memorable trip of our lifetime.

    Dave & Maren

    1. I haven’t seen the photos, but send them along. I’m very glad I was of help to you in your trip to Paris. Eating at bistros and restaurants is, of course, essential for the Paris Experience!

  3. This could be a Gary Larson cartoon. The description:

    Two scientists standing outside of their laboratory. One says to the other “I’m telling you, Jenkins, it’s like I always get this feeling that an evil duck is watching my every move!”

    1. I was trying to think of an ominous-duck caption as well. I didn’t think of Gary Larson directly, but I’ve always liked him, so I bet that’s why I was thinking along those lines.

  4. Sorry to hear about your crook back! Are you able to get out to feed the ducks? Or do you have an assistant duck farmer with permission to enter the campus?

    1. I would feed the ducks so long as I was able to stand and walk, so yes, I am going over there for the usual feedings. There is an assistant duck farmer should I be unable to get to campus or if (knock on wood) I’m hospitalized.

      No worries!

  5. Found her!
    Where I live I have only seen mallard nests on the ground near water, never elevated. But twice I have seen Canada goose nests in unusual places. One was in a tree, possibly an old nest of some other bird. Another was high on a cliff ledge above a river.

        1. It was a riff on the name Data gave to his cat (Spot the Cat) as an attempt at humour on Star Trek.

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