Saturday, April 23, 2011

Just Ducky


They've been hanging around our street for about three weeks now and have the neighborhood completely under their spell.

People bring out bread when they see them and many homes now have small dishes of water out on their lawns.

For some reason this pair of ducks has decided to bless our street with their presence.


I went out to take pictures and noticed the female duck had a damaged bill.

Then I remembered!

These same ducks were in our neighborhood last year at this time.

I went back and looked at the pictures I had taken to check. I was right!

Apparently, the service at this resort was so good, they came back.


Perhaps the male knew that he was a model I had chosen to use for my Blog Butt-on and was flattered.

Whatever the reason they have chosen to return, we are the richer for it.

It is so much fun to watch them make their way up and down the street.


I think we are all hoping to see a duckling or two with them very soon!


51 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

How fun! And the same pair. Wildlife makes everything better.

Seams Inspired said...

Aww...how adorable are these ducks! My grandparents adopted an abandoned duckling one year. They pampered that little guy through the winter, and then took him to the wildlife preserve not far from their house. They went every day for about 2 weeks, before the duck finally found a flock with which to stay. My grandparents said it was bittersweet, as they had fallen in love with the fella. :o)

Happy Saturday! :o)

Gigi said...

A couple of little ducklings would just complete the picture; wouldn't it?

Anne Gallagher said...

Ducks and swans usually go back to the same place to nest every year unless their habitat changed. I hope you have a leash law in your neighborhood. Dogs and ducks don't get along.

It's nice to see them again. Like old friends returning for a visit.

Peggy K said...

Another one of those signs of spring that just make me giddy!!!
Life is Good! Nature is entertaining!

Mamma has spoken said...

Well that male duck looks pretty good to me! Glad they are there and not here though, my dogs love to chase ducks :o/

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Beautiful Pictures,Betty.

Yvonne.

Nicolasa said...

That is so neat that they came back!

Desiree said...

It's wonderful when nature graces us with these delightful gifts! Enjoy your little guests :)

Out on the prairie said...

Nice to see a return. Nobody has given them a name?My parents had one always land on their balcony where they made a nest box.

Old Kitty said...

Awwwwww yay for Mr and Mrs Duck!!! Yay too that you are all looking out for them - that's really really nice to know that they are welcomed!! I hope for some ducklings too - that would be just adorable!!! HAPPY EASTER! Take care
x

Theanne and Baron said...

What an honor to have the same pair of ducks again! They are quite beautiful and the female has apparently adapted well to her damaged bill. Hope you see little ones soon!

Leah J. Utas said...

Cool.

Brian said...

I love those ducks, there were some in my yard this morning, we live on a lake so we see lots of them here.

Pat said...

It's funny how a pair of ducks can melt the hearts of everyone on your block. I'm glad they came back to roost. They look like a swell pair. Maybe the male is hoping he'll get paid for the "butt-on" shot! With food....of course!

Nancy said...

How nice for them and for your neighborhood. I hope they stay safe (from dogs and cats) and are able to show off their babies.

Josh Hoyt said...

Fun post about the ducks. They look like great models. I look forward to following.

Lin said...

Oh, that is very fun that they came back! Be sure to leave out some birdseed for them--bread is an awful diet for them. (It "gunks" them up inside. )

Don't you worry about them now?? I would. I'm like that though.

Catherine said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a little duckling family living right in the neighbourhood. Nature ~ it is a wonderful thing.

Perhaps someone in the neighbourhood has a nice pond they can take a quick dip in now and then. :)

Adorable!!!
xo Catherine

blueviolet said...

That actually makes me really happy that they're still a-quackin' away again this year. So fun to have those little visitors!

Bluestocking Mum said...

A few years ago we lived at an old Stationmasters house and we used to have a couple of wild ducks (one male, one female) fly in each April and stay with us in the garden, on the pond. Occasionally we would have gangs of barbarian males fly in to savage the poor female. They were quite brutal!

We lived there for about four years but we never had any little ones.
We found a few broken shells in undergrowth, probably eaten by the fox.

Great post.

warm wishes
Debbie

Kristina said...

Oh how fun!!! They are darling! I'm glad your resort was classy enough for them! Out at my dads place he has 2 pairs of Canadian geese and 2 pairs of ducks that fly in and stay for the spring and summer - they are so cool to watch and see them raise their babies!!

Lazarus said...

Totally cool!

TS Hendrik said...

How sweet is that? They loved their stay enough last year to return. Your community must run one heck of a resort.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So now we get to see the front end! Those ducks must really like your neighborhood resort. Or they know you're all suckers, one of the two!

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB,
Mr. and Mrs Duck are very smart to return to your 'hood. They must know you love all creatures furry and feathery.

Thank you for the compliment...you made my little pink nose turn ever pinker.
Hugs
Madi and Mom

Desiree said...

I see Lazarus has you as his next guest on the LG Report :) Congratulations, Betty. He hinted that he's hoping you'll complete the questionaire soon, so I'm egging you on from here!

Ms. A said...

If they nest you WILL get chronicled shots, right? Say yes, please! "Hoppy Easter!"

Brian Miller said...

smiles. we love it when the ducks come to visit...we keep the bread buts in bags just waiting...

Bouncin' Barb said...

When we lived in Charleston we had tons of ducks in our condo complex because of the lake there. They were so fun to watch and feed. All kind of colors too. Love ducks.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

We had the same pair of ducks show up at our pool the last three springs and we aren't so welcoming. They're pretty but they really dirty things up.

Daisy said...

How neat that they have returned. I hope you will have some little ducklings to watch soon. Have a happy Easter, Betty! :)

Linda said...

The little lady does have a nasty-looking bill on her. And she seems terribly pigeon toed. The handsome gentleman must have seen her inner beauty, though.

KleinsteMotte said...

Here's hoping they'll continue to be safe as they stroll around the neighbourhood.

Amy Wood said...

They are so cute! We've got some ducks in our neighborhood too. I love having them around.

Chuck said...

They do look both ways before crossing the street, right? That picture from last year has extraordinary detail. Hope you see some ducklings soon!

Donna said...

Sweet Ducks!
Happy Easter to you!
hughugs

Ann said...

Oh how fun. When we went to Virginia Beach to visit my husbands son they had a family of ducks that walked through the neighborhood every day. It was a treat to watch them

JDS said...

Like the pics, especially the close-up of the male's green heads. Mallards are so common that people tend to stop realizing how handsome they are.

Marlene said...

Aww...that's awesome!!!

Happy Easter, Miss Betty.

Annie said...

Our street had a couple of Mallards come for years. As they mate for life, it was sad when one year he returned all alone.

Kazzy said...

Yes, once they are fed they are your best buds. But they are cute, I must admit.

ladyfi said...

Such fun that they have come back. Lovely shots.

Eileen said...

How cool! That would be so much fun. I guess they really like you guys. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That is really amusing. I'd like to stop by and see those quackers.
Happy Easter.
xoRobyn

faye said...

I love to watch ducks waddle about.

we still have sandhill cranes
noshing on our lawn and now a wild
turkey has decided to join them.

tracy said...

I think they know a good thing when they've got it!

Susan in the Boonies said...

The iridescence of that male's head is just gorgeous!!!

Pat Tillett said...

Very darn cute! I love seeing ducks around our neighborhood, but I shoo them in a hurry if they land in our pool. They REALLY make a mess in there...

Baby Sister said...

How fun!! They're so pretty!!

Shan said...

As soon as I saw the title I thought about your butt-on. Surprises me not even a little that the ducks have returned. They are the Brittany Spears and Lindsey Lohan of your 'hood. Sure they *say* they don't want to be stalked by the paparazzi, but they keep coming back. Don't let 'em know we're on to 'em.