Wildlife Wednesday: The Return

ducks on the pondOf my Ducks!

Oh, and Wildlife Wednesday too, right?

These three – and it has to be the same three, because they’re not scared of us – show up every year when the weather turns cold, and spend most of the winter hanging out in the safety of our little pond. Others will come, but they take wing at the first sight of a human (or dog) coming their way. These three will let me sit on the steps and watch them all day…

The 4 O’Clock:

December 4, 2012 4 pm

Sliding closer and closer to the Solstice…

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25 thoughts on “Wildlife Wednesday: The Return

  1. Your 4 o’clock is looking much like ours. Almost dark by 4:15. That means if I’m taking pictures of dinner, it has to be prepared at noon. Oh the things we do for a food picture. 😦 happy Wednesday!

  2. It won’t be long now until the shortest day of the year. Getting darker and darker and we are getting colder and colder. Then, UGH, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY where we freeze day and night.

    Sigh.

    Linda
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  3. Your little pond is a duck pond! I bet your Angel loves to watch them — or run to say ‘Hi!” to them.
    Oddly enough — and I do mean oddly — about 6 or 7 years ago, a mommy duck walked her brood through my back yard — not once but 2 Springs in a row! The closest water is a branch of the Chicago River and it’s a mile away.
    Your 4:00 o’clock, like my view, is getting mighty dark.

  4. Love your ducks! We used to have our neighbours ducks come to visit our pond, unfortunately another neighbour complained that they were running loose and now they are fenced into their own garden – I still miss them.

  5. Such a sweet thing to have the same ducks come back and that they know and trust you. I swear that the hummingbirds that over winter here (here being the Pacific Northwest) know me. They buzz around while I refill their feeders and sometimes stare in the windows at me. πŸ™‚

  6. If you are sliding closer to the solstice, then your 4 o’clock will start getting lighter again. You towards the shortest day of the year as we head to the longest.
    The ducks are so cute, why don’t they head south like the other birds?

    • Yes indeed, and I can’t wait!
      The ducks are year-round residents, just like lots of other birds. If you could here the chatter outside my window at sunrise from the wrens and robins! There are also lots of birds that come for the summer, like tourists, and then spend the winter in Florida. I often wonder if the local birds sigh with relief when the others leave, the way we humans do when the Outlanders go home at the end of summer… πŸ˜‰

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