We had about 20 ducks yesterday, but only two hens and one drake this morning. When I looked at one hen, her bill pattern looked familiar, and I took a picture, which wasn’t easy in the morning light. The right side of her bill—the only side I could photograph—looks like Honey’s. You be the judge.
Right side of Honey’s bill photographed in 2018; it’s been more or less like this every year.
Putative Honey this morning:
Right side of putative Honey’s bill this morning. Note the black patch in the corner of the upper bill, and the familiar “dog chasing motorcycle motif”. Of course the intensity and pattern changes a bit every year.
I call it a tentative match with high probability. This would be her fifth year of coming back.
Here’s a photo of Honey on the North Duck Island photographed at about noon today, with the same bill pattern.
And her and her handsome drake. I have a good video of them courting each other that I will post tomorrow. The Dude needs a name!
Honey showed up on March 4 last year, so she’s pretty much on time.