Are We Walking to Alaska

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mallards - this one is for you, Bert!

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard (they pronounce it mu LARD) live in our neighborhood during nesting season. They are seen walking up and down the street - flying overhead - and mucking about in the muddy sides of the street. Today it was raining as we came through and there they were - happy as ducks in a puddle.

My friend Bert mentioned that she loves the color on the wings of Mrs. Mallard (mu Lard, if you please), so I tried to capture the blue.

If you click to enlarge the photo you can see the raindrops on Mr. Mallard's back.

And Mr. Mallard's pretty curl on his duck tail . . .

This is another shot of Mrs. Mallard on a sunny day in our yard - they often come for tea time and enjoy the seeds we put out for tea.

Mr. Mallard also has a pretty blue stripe on his wing - not one to be outdone by Mrs. Mallard.

Looks like Mr. Mallard has taken up ballet - what lovely wings!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jo Ann, I have missed you SOOOO much! Loved seeing your beautiful photographs as I took the chance to check out this blog. I'm used to the quilting blog, but this is equally wonderful.

I'm on Mr. Magpie's computer and am out to visit the sweet folks like you who came by. Thanks so much for your visit. This is awful not having my own computer, but hopefully that will change in the not too distant future.

Love to you, my friend...


Sheila :-)

Pondside said...

Mr and Mrs Mallard bear an uncanny resemblance to Joe and Betty, two snowbirds that we've seen in a pond down in Las Vegas (now, that was weird!) and who settle in here every spring for a few weeks. 'Hey Betty - this here pond looks good. Three squares a day and they keep the dog on a leash.'
'Beautiful, Joe! There's a nice little log over the far end - just right for tucking under for an afternoon nap.'

GardenOfDaisies said...

I LOVE these pictures!! We have a Mallard couple that has taken up residence in the storm drainage creek behind our back fence. I've been trying to get some decent pictures, but nothing has come out yet. We have ducks waddling up and down the sidewalks and sleeping in the grass in the neighborhood every spring, but it's so fun to have them right here with us!

Unknown said...

Great new blog Jo...the geese will sometimes rescue another goose type. Then when that goose lives as a Canada Goose, it will mate in due course. We had a white goose raised by the geese and for years we saw it flying with the geese, always seemed out of step with the rest of the Canada Geese, but one year, we saw her with her partner with geese with lots of white on them, and every so often we see the offspring in the bay. I personally think that Canada Geese are way over populated, and should be culled, but that is just me as they compete with our precious loons for fish etc.

Lili said...

Such pretty little mallards...loving that tail curl on the Mister. ~Lili

Christine Thresh said...

I really liked the Mallard photos. Such detail. I did not know the female had bright blue feathers.