Saturday, April 4, 2009

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR?


Last summer, a pair of Mallards would come on the calm days and dabble around at the foot of the breakwall, and then doze on the rocks. One day they decided to go "over the wall" and see what all the commotion was about. They discovered a lively community centered around the bird feeder, which, despite my seed-catcher arrangement, always had seeds at the base of the red maple. When I went out to refill the tube feeder, I started spilling a little mound of seed at the base of the trunk, just for them, and they got in the habit of stopping by twice a day, morning and evening. Their routine never varied: the hen always ate first, for as long as she wanted, while the drake kept a keen watch - the yards here aren't fenced, and I have neighbors who let their Labs run free. They race into my yard anytime they see any birds or other critters around. I've missed a couple of bird IDs because of it!!

This year, I have two Mallards again. I like to think it's the same pair, but of course it's hard to tell. But here they are a couple of days ago. It's a little fuzzy because I took it through the window rather than scare them away.

The other photo is of some grackles, in my favorite posture of theirs. I call it "falling for the old looking-up-in-the-air trick." Has anyone else noticed how they always seem to have their eyes on the skies, no matter what else they're doing?

P.S. Today is the designated "Get Tax Papers Together Day" around here, so I might not get to visit all your blogs; hope to make it tomorrow for OSI!

11 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

I'm sure it must be the same pair; it would just be so lovely if it were. This made me smile this morning; good luck with taxes. We use Turbo Tax; it's awesome.

Lin said...

we got our taxes done just in time for a family visit. fun bird visitors you are having

Sylvia K said...

I've wondered the same thing about Grackles, they do that here, too. Love the Mallards! Have a great weekend!

Ash said...

They're lovely!

Kallen305 said...

I bet they are the same from last year! You are so lucky to have them in your yard! So cute.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great pictures of both the Mallards and those Grapples, Deb...

Hope you get your taxes ready.. The 15th will be here SOON. We filed ours in February --and already spent the refunds (new computers)...

Hugs,
Betsy

hitch writer said...

wow... !!

geee you have almost a bird sanctuary around your place !!!

Cloudia said...

Grackles
and
Taxes?

Mallards
are
Milder,
Deborah
;-)


Aloha

renaye said...

mallard! i think i have joked with my friends i should catch them for dinner when they r abundant at my college

Robert V. Sobczak said...

We have the same thing with a visiting cardinal. It taps at our window at a certain time each year.

Squirrel said...

I love seeing grackles and starlings in the yard --they sometimes come in mixed flocks with red wings and others. I'll have to watch them more closely ...

Never get ducks in my yard, but I have an overabundance of bunnies. (and squirrels)