Sunday, May 19, 2013
Canal Mama duck lives! And, Fish Food Mama with 10 half-grown ducklings?
It appears that "Canal Mama" didn't fall victim to coyotes. I found her in the canal this morning not far from where the blood and feathers were. She still had four ducklings.
I think I saw Butterscotch flying around, but did not see her nearly 6 week old ducklings. It's possible that she has moved to a new area or the ducklings are off on their own.
I saw this brood of ten half-grown ducklings and their mama, now a month old. I see a few males, but mostly females, so far. We shall see as they get older.
I think this might be Fish Food Mama as she's the only mother duck I know that can raise ten ducklings to this age at this lake. Her face and bill markings are a little off. but, when I saw her looking at me, later, she did seem a lot like Mama. She also recognized me.
At the time I saw her, it looked like a fisherman in a boat might have been harassing her. But, I think she was OK as she's one smart mama duck. I don't know if the harassment was intentional or he was just being a jerk.
I also found the black and white duck dumped a couple of weeks ago way across the lake hanging out with the mallards whom seem to like him. No sign of the gray duck. Also, Big Daddy has been missing for a long time. If I don't see him by the end of the month, I may declare him deceased. Pepper has also been missing for a week or two, too. The crested female rouen is missing as well. And, several Pekin ducks are missing, but I think they were all piled up in the reeds.
There's still a mystery as to which duck was caught by the coyotes.