Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Goodbye Bitey, hello baby ducks!
Bitey, the Pekin duck pictured above, is gone. I think someone might have taken him. I am trying to think good thoughts and hope he's in a happy home and being treated well. He was getting a little thin last time I saw him. It's good that he's gone now because Neo's mom is probably ready to come out with her ducklings, which should be hatching any time now. Good lucky Bitey! I love ya!
There was also a white bunny dropped off near where Bitey was at the lake last weekend, but I didn't see him, either.
I saw the first ducklings of the season at Lake Murray today. I think that's Butterscotch (one of the "Fish Food Ducklings" from a few years ago) with them and I think they're 5-7 days old. Last year, she lost all her ducklings at about this age. She has 10 of them right now, but I can see that two of them don't look so great right now. She's being very cautious and careful of them. Hopefully, she will be able to raise a few this year.
I also saw the first three baby coots in the same area, too:
And, a beautiful gadwall and his gadwall mate. He's nowhere near as beautiful as Gaddy, though.
Gaddy, I heard, is still fighting over his mallard girlfriend not far from where I last saw him. I'm hoping for ducklings from them, too. I suspect that all his girlfriend's ducklings will be all mallard because she sneaks off and mates with the mallard males, often. I guess that green head is irresistible.