Dry Duck

I came across a mother duck on the far side of the river, standing at attention.  Far more interesting were the trio of ducklings having a paddle nearby.  They all trundled up to the mud in front of mum and …

Spring Pairs

The gaggles of geese and masses of mallards have disappeared, replaced by pairs of birds moving up and down the river.  It looks as though they are looking for nesting space.  in one case, a goose appeared to be sitting …

Diving Duck

The mallards were up and down the river today, avoiding the heavily flooded overflow pond.  They were most frequently in male – female pairs.  In this case both were diving until they noticed me and then they stopped.  When another …

Duck Duck Go

As I came past the pond that is full of mallard ducks, I heard a very strange sound.  It sounded more like a chirp than a normal quack.  I stood for awhile to see if I could see something other …

Mallards on Snow

The mallards remain heavily clustered on the pond.  This was the first time I’ve seen them out standing on the snow.  This spit of sand is normally pretty clear.  It was a lovely sunny day – crystal blue sky with …

Pit Pat Waddle Pat

The mallard ducks are always lurking around somewhere.  The creek that runs down to the Holland River near the train station always has some ducks hovering about.  Today I saw these duck prints coming away from a small hole in …

Ducks Clustered

The pond was nearly empty last week when it was bitterly cold but the mallard ducks have returned.  In fact, they’re packing in on the pond.  They normally stayed far away from the sidewalks, but now they’re crammed in everywhere.…

Bottoms Up

The weather has been bitter but the mallard ducks have stayed tucked in under the river banks.  Occasionally you will see them shifting location but they seem to be relatively stationary at the moment.  These two were looking for food …

Mallards Massing

Normally, when I pass the pond, the mallards set up a huge quacking but it’s nearly pitch black and I can’t see them.  I used to think that it was a warning call – and it might be – but …

The Shelter of the River Bank

The ducks have been taking advantage of the shallow water in recent weeks.  I have seen them standing in what would normally have been deep water after a rainstorm upstream.  Today I saw hardly a one until I was on …

Ducks on the Pond

The cold temperatures are here but the ducks haven’t changed their habits.  Occasionally populations of birds seem to pass through, with numbers in and around the river swelling, but overall there seem to be just a hardened few remaining.