Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Flying Ducks? Not here!!
Has anyone seen the ducks flying south for the winter yet? Well, around my pond, they stick around for the winter! Yep...when we bought our sweet, day old ducklings 3 years ago, we had no idea that they would be here to stay! But, stay they do! And they invite friends over! It's true! In the winter we have as many as 100 ducks in our dinky, (not much bigger than a fullsized swimming pool) little pond! We feed them cracked corn out of a trash can that we cut holes into at the bottom, so the corn dribbles out as they eat it. In the evening, the "party friends" leave for the night, but are back bright and early the next morning to begin the party all over again. It is actually quite a picture! The cracked corn is at one end of the pond, and the ducks are at the other. The pond freezes solid, except for the small circle that the ducks are swimming in. At "lunch" time, they will begin to slowly migrate to the other side of the pond, kind of in what we like to call "the cafeteria line"! They slowly make their way across the ice, each one waddling and slipping, until it is their turn at the goodies. When they are full, they turn around and head back to the slushy side of the pond, where the numerous duck bodies have managed to keep the water just above freezing. This ritual is repeated several times during the day. We always know which ducks belong to us, as they are the only ones in the pond at dusk. Truly, the show they put on daily is far better than anything that passes for entertainment on TV!!!