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March 17, 2004

Irish Green

Filed under: Misc — mlah @ 10:57 pm

A Mallard and a Duck

i had a nice surprise this morning. today on St. Patricks, i walked outside my door on my way to work and through my gate. and there staring at me from the grass was a mallard. he had the prettiest irish green on his head.

i didn’t want to spook him. thought it would be kind of cool to have ducks hanging out around my house. so i waited. and waited. and waited.

there i stood, for a good 3-4 minutes. me looking at him. him looking at me, and not giving an inch.

i waited some more. he still didn’t move. i tried to figure if there was a way i could get my camera. it was in my car. i didn’t think so.

finally i had to face facts. i had to go to my car, and i had to go to work. so i slowly began to walk down my little sidewalk towards my car. the mallard actually started to stroll with me. just in front of me and to the left. he stayed in the grass.

then i found out why he was so stubborn.

as i walked down the sidewalk, a female duck came flying from out of my bushes. almost hit me.

My sidealk, with my car in the background

so i looked in the bushes, and they had a little nest. just a little clear space in the dirt. a nice egg sitting there unattended.

now i felt guilty. i hurried away from the nest, to my car, so they could get back to business.

so all day at work i had to wonder about there chances. there aren’t that many dogs running around my neighborhood. most dogs are indoors dogs. i’ve seen a few cats. that’s not good. especially with the egg sitting right there on the ground.

my biggest worry. squirrels. ithere are loads of squirrels around my house. i don’t know if they’ll tamper with eggs or not.

when i got home from work today, i immediately checked out the nest area, since there were no apparent ducks around. the nest is pretty well covered up. but i’m still worried.

The Hidden Nest

They’ve moved a lot of brush over the nest. i’m curious if there is now more than 1 egg in the nest. but i don’t dare disturb the nest. i could spook the birds, and they’d never come back if they smell human on that egg. i’ve just got to leave it be.

forecast calls for high 20’s tonight. i don’t know how animals can deal witht he cold. but they do. i am such a weenie for the cold. give me the heat anyday.

there are lots of ducks around the area. lots of geese here from canada. they should be going home soon. i hope there is an extra little duck soon.

at home, my mom is fond of feeding all the animals around there house. lots of deer, turkey, and loads of birds. cardinals, hummingbirds and the like. maybe she rubbed off on my a little.

i hope everybody used Google toady and saw what they did with their logo for St. Patrick’s….

i know the duck’s aren’t exactly up to me typical efforts at posting some sort of a chick photo in a cheap attempt to lure readers….. sorry, i’ll just have to do better.

6 Comments »

  1. Dave, you’re off to a good start on a new career as a naturalist. Keep us all apprised of the duckling’s progress? (But don’t tell the EPA or your place may get zoned as wetlands and you’ll have to let the lawn grow fallow!)

    Comment by Yup — March 17, 2004 @ 11:29 pm

  2. i’m a hunter. we’re the original conservationsists.

    Comment by mlah — March 17, 2004 @ 11:31 pm

  3. Did you know that I was called the Duck Lady from the time I was 17? It’s true.

    Sad. Scary. True.

    Now you know why I’m called a bird brain.

    A man who can write a post about ducks is okay in my book.

    Comment by Da Goddess — March 18, 2004 @ 2:30 am

  4. Mlah, you’ve impressed (and surprised) me again…I didn’t know you could be such a softy…and yes, this is a complement.

    Madame B

    Comment by Madame Butterfly — March 18, 2004 @ 7:24 am

  5. Aw, that is so sweet. My husband Tim took our 2 yr old grandson to feed some ducks where he used to work. Well, Tim fed the ducks, Lil Danny just ate the crackers, didn’t want to share. Let us know if you get a baby duck by Easter. Aunt Rose

    Comment by Aunt Rose — March 18, 2004 @ 5:42 pm

  6. “i’m a hunter. we’re the original conservationsists.”

    Do you belong to Izaak Walton, Mlah? if you don’t, you might consider it. Good guys, in the main, and, like you say, the original conservationists.

    Comment by og — March 21, 2004 @ 12:47 pm

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