Some ducks are stubbornly hanging around Botany Pond this year, though most left when the weather got cold and the pond largely froze over. (The only open water is above the bubblers.) But one pair came back two days ago and, mirabile dictu, stayed overnight in the heavy snow we had last night. It is a bonded pair: a drake and a hen, and of course I have to feed them. It’s very sad that they have only a bit of open water to swim in, and when I feed them on the frozen surface, they regularly repair to the water to wash down the duck food.
We need a name for this pair in case they hang around. Suggestions below, please.
Here’s Botany Pond about half an hour ago. Can you spot the mallards?
Here they are! (Poor focus due to low light, mandating a shutter speed of only 1/10th of a second):
A chilly hen (not Honey!):
All the leaves are gone, and the sky is gray:
Got any good names for this drake and hen?