Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The new "kids" on the block...

A male and female duck have become "squatters," in our back yard. It seems they moved in and have taken over the neighborhood. I've been trying to come up with a name for these pair. Bonnie and Clyde? Sonny and Cher? Fred and Ginger? Hmmm... the closest I came to naming them is the time I found them lying on the bricks of the fire pit in the back yard ... and then the name "roast" duck came to mind. Awww... giggles.

Maybe the most appropriate name is "Jon" and "Kate," as the female laid over a dozen eggs in the bush in front of my neighbors house across the street. Some days she warms the nest all day, other days the two of them snooze in their yard or ours.  But I always see them together. Yeah, so Kate and Jon maybe not so much...

The neighbors stopped using their front door in order not to disturb the nest. I made Rick use a long lens through the window to get these pictures as they dozed in our back yard the other day.  I'm not sure what caused them to pick our two yards over the pond down the street.  But obviously they knew a "protected" habitat when they saw one.








13 comments:

  1. Oh your boys must love this! Aren't they beautiful. Monsieur is a bit of a show-off - but with those colours, who blames him. Your husband took two great shots!

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  2. My kids would have loved seeing these guys! The color is beautiful :) Great pictures.

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  3. They KNEW you loved babies!!!! These are FABULOUS shots! They are beautiful birds, and you told this so well...you made me giggle! Loved it! Love you, Janine XO

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  4. I vote Sonny and Cher! How sweet they are!

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  5. Oh gosh can't wait to see the babies:)

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  6. What fun! I love to watch the ducks in the spring and what a blessing to have them so close.

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  7. Hi Vicky

    I am glad you enjoy the duck visitations...these are great shots your resident photographer has taken...

    Happy days

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  8. They look a lovely couple, oh just wait to their little ducklings hatch.

    Cute!! you better take photos of the special moment.

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  9. Just stopping by to send you my love and to wish you a wonderful weekend! ~Janine XO

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  10. Those photos are amazing Vicki. that bottom one looks like an artifical duck. How beautiful.

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  11. Your very own yard!!!?
    Vicky that's wonderful and Rick did a great job with these photos!

    In high school, I worked at a "game ranch"...I once was allowed to bring home a mallard duckling.
    I kept him for months and then took him back to the game ranch to live out his little life.
    We named him Mallard and he chased our little poodle around the screen porch every day. They loved each other!

    I hadn't thought of that in years...your photos brought it all back. love you
    (I'm so behind working on a big project..I'm so sorry. Catching up really soon :)

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