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The Ducks are back

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by cubancigar2000, May 24, 2012.

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  1. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Every year this mama duck and three Mallards come back to our property. They go through the mating ritual, then she lays the eggs and the males sit on them taking turns. ( the mating is a sight to behold) Last year she had 8 little ones and 7 made it to fly away later in the summer. Today she brought for the first time 9 little ones to feed in our yard. There is an irrigation canal right behind us and she keeps them in there for safety most of the time. The threats are coyotes, Fox, Coons, Hawks and some local cats. She will let me get pretty close because she has been coming here for years.
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  2. Auctioneer

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    Lucky you. They are fun to watch.
     
  3. likes-to-shoot

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    They are so much fun to watch.

    We were doing two bridges and one bridge on a on ramp for a 4 lane and one spring a mama mallard and 6 duckling were walking around the job site till they grew up. The superintendent came around and instructed everyone to let them pass thru even if you had to stop the machinery you were operating.

    The only other thing to stop work was a spring flood.
     
  4. JACK

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    mallard copulation is a hoot
     
  5. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    These two showed up today
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    cool

    regards from Iowa

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  7. cubancigar2000

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    The female Wood Duck was strutting her feathers and was absolutely gorgeous but I missed the photo opp
     
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    Where are you located?
     
  9. RickN

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    Very nice pictures Lou.
     
  10. Bruce Specht

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    What a great site to see thanks for sharing
     
  11. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    These are at my Idaho home
     
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    Lou--FANTASTIC! We feed outside cats, dogs, possum and coons. At our farm in Kansas, we actually fed the field mice on our porch. Built a protective tunnel on to the porch so they could feed by our window (so we could watch them) and so the cats couldn't get to them. Yep, we're nuts but love wild animals.

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    Lou, nice pictures

    It is so cool how they come back every year, I mean all migrating birds, we have ducks and geese on our ponds, swallows that come back every year and nest, but one that really amazed me was last spring the first hummer of the season came back, and hovered right where my wife puts out one of the feeders, it hovered there quite a while, like Hey where's my grub

    My wife put the feeder out a few minutes later and the hummer flew right back and stated drinking
     
  14. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    Catpower, Yes the humminbirds are beautiful creatures. Our first on of the season was also a return from last year. And yes when the feeder is empty they will hover right at our kitchen window as if to say ( hey wheres the grub pal)
     
  15. cubancigar2000

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    Still had these nine babies on saturday but today only 8 left
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  16. cubancigar2000

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    More photos today
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  17. RickN

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    Ducks doing ok Lou?
     
  18. cubancigar2000

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    They are getting bigger for sure. I feed them well, LOL. One came up missing overnight last sat and another Sun but still has 7.
     
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