Male Delivery!

I’ve written several posts on the ducks here, one of the earliest commenting on the lack of males.
The Marina is now full of them!

drakesThere are drakes everywhere, and in their wake are a variety of females looking ‘doe eyed’, besotted and hopeful.
The latest to be named are Emergency Duck (his quack sounds like the two-tone of a siren, though to be honest, we don’t seem to have that many wild fowl casualties, so he’s not ee-aw-ing all the time) and Chuckles, who happily gives Laughing Duck a run for the money.

As well as the mallards, we have other varieties,

black and white duck white duck
though the egyptian ducks seem to have vacated the area, so perhaps they migrate as do the geese.
egypt ducksMeanwhile, Rooster Duck is holding her own.

The nights are closing in now, though the clocks in the UK aren’t due to go back until the end of October. This means that it’s dark when we take Maggie out for her final wee, so we go armed with torches (Hubby looks like some kind of Cyclops with his on his head!) just in case she does something else and we have to find it to clear it up. These days due to a change of food, it’s neatly disguised as a brown or green leaf instead of the orangey/yellow one we’re used to.  ‘Aromather-puppy’ is still alive and well though!
One thing about being a dog owner is that you become a connoisseur of dog poo and will always recognise your owns.
dog pooI am waiting for someone to accuse me of not clearing up so that I can tell them that if they prove the sh!t in question came out of my dog, I will gladly pay the fine.
But I digress, sort of………..

If we didn’t know what was going on, we could get really nervy at the loud splashes, flapping and gushes we hear quite frequently during the evenings at the moment.
The birds come in to land on the water like something out of an airshow but without brakes, and it is not at all uncommon to see a bachelor party eyeing up the gals from the pontoons before diving into the water to show off their ‘skills’.

They will start to pair off soon.
In the months to come, I just hope they aren’t as noisy in their nuptials as hedgehogs, because THEY kept us awake until the early hours!
hedgehog 2


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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