You may remember that we tried to rescue Ducky Ducky about 6 weeks ago because she was so beat up, but she wouldn't be caught. She did end up getting better and I thought she would be around for another year. But, while foraging this morning, she got her head stuck in some rocks and drowned. I'm guessing it happened while it was still dark.
Fred the yellowlegs came to visit today. He was being really friendly, too. But, when he saw no killdeer, he moved on.
Speaking of birds, the grackles are really looking uuuuuglllly!
A couple of days ago, I thought Oreo had died from the heat. But, he showed up today with two other ducks whom I haven't seen in a long time. Oreo has been at the lake since April of 2011.
Troublemaker is still around and has his wings. But, his condition is pretty icky looking. I don't think he's every going to look normal.
Here's some beautiful gadwalls, whose numbers have increased. I think the first one is Gaddy, but the other ones of another male that Gaddy was keeping an eye on
I threw in this photo of the Canada geese family flying around.
In other news, one of the mallard drakes is hobbled by fishing line. I saw Neo nearby and I think the hobbled duck might be Indy or his brother. I don't really think it's Indy, though. Nothing life threatening, but it does restrict his movements. We might be able to catch him eventually.
All other ducks have made it past the heat wave with no issues.