How many ducks were there?

June 5, 2021 • 8:45 am

In my “find the duck” photo of yesterday (below), I asked readers to find the mallard hen. It turns out that there was not just one, but FOUR, as astute readers discovered. Here’s the original photo and the four mallard hens, all circled.

Four—count them, four—hens! (Click on the photo to enlarge; one was in the water.) They’re pretty cryptic, no?

But wait! Maybe there are MORE ducks!  A reader spotted something behind the tree itself, and the mottled pattern makes me think it’s the breast of a FIFTH hen. I’ll check today to see if there’s a bump on the trunk, but I doubt it. Here’s the putative fifth hen:


6 thoughts on “How many ducks were there?

  1. They are indeed well hidden. I just want to clear up something that’s been troubling me for a while: Is there a hen behind the tree, partially hidden? Or is that something else? I am just not sure.

  2. When I found 2 instead of one, I was pleased with myself and stopped looking. Hubris.
    Now I think there are 5.

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