|RIP Bumblefoot's mate|
This is the time of year that can be tough because that's when you lose your favorite friends. Always happens, every year about this time. Usually, I start to feel good about this time of year because I feel that the worse is over with the ducks surviving the long, dark coyote nights of winter. And, breeding season is winding down, so I feel good about the females that survive this time. I thought we were beginning to head into the good time of year of ducklings and healthy ducks. But, nope, that's when the favorites start to die or disappear.
I found out that it was Bumblefoot's mate that was the source of all the feathers under the osprey nest at Lake Murray. Apparently, he died at about the same time that Cinnamon disappeared. His body was found near where he and Bumblefoot like to lay and wait for people to feed them. Bumblefoot, who can barely walk sometimes, is OK and seems to be very lonely. She is looking for male companionship with the mallards who don't find her attractive. The other male Pekin that used to hang out with them has deserted the area.
I also found out that when Cinnamon was last seen, she had a profound limp for an unknown reason. It could have been a fishing line injury, but I'm not sure. It looks like she was last seen the day she disappeared last week. When I last saw her, she was healthy and vibrant. Now, I suspect she may have been drowned by her mates. But, I hope she's maybe on a nest or perhaps taken to a rescue, though I haven't heard any reports of anyone rescuing her.
|Cinnamon about 10 days before she disappeared.|
Gaddy and his mate are also missing, but I suspect they just moved to a different area and she could be on a nest. Good news about Neo: His wing seems to be much better and I think he will be flying, soon. He is still hanging out with Indy and Indy's brother who are always play-fighting. Nothing serious, just a little wrestling between boys.
In killdeer news, I still haven't seen Junior. He generally arrives around mid-April, though last year he arrived in early March with his mate arriving in mid-April. I'm hoping he's OK.
I think this might be his ultra-friendly son.
Smudge is so cute and friendly:
Smudge's young mate:
Squeak, Smudge's mother, was seen in the ballfields with Pollux, her mate. They were harassing another male in the fields. I think that other male might be Smudge's brother who should be off on his own getting his own mate. It wasn't serious, but I think Pollux is annoyed by his presence.