There has been a curious mystery at our pond for the last few weeks. There were three little ducklings swimming alone in the middle of the water. The Whistling ducks have gone to Latin America – would they leave their ducklings behind? It would be strange as they are the helicopter parents of the duck/goose world.
JUVENILE WHISTLING DUCKS
Then I noticed we had a lovely dove gray Muscovy duck that I assumed was a daughter in law to the extended family. Was she a flighty young mum, ignoring her ducklings?
UNUSUAL DOVE GRAY MUSCOVY DUCK – AKA DAUGHTER IN LAW
When I walked with Teddy to the pond on Sunday we spotted new visitors. We have a pair of Egyptian Geese which are an invasive species.
I watched their relationship with our adored Muscovy Ducks but all seemed well. To be honest our Muscovy ducks are bruisers, more than ready for the pot, as they would be in Mexico. They look like those Mexican wrestlers with a mask on so I didn’t think the Egyptian Geese would bother them. I recognized the geese but couldn’t remember what they were. Now I realize I have seen them on thousands of Egyptian papyrus and ancient carvings.
Much like the Whistling ducks they are neither ducks nor geese but a sub category most similar to Sheldrakes. Today we had an important duck/goose update when we met one of the neighbors who has named all the Muscovy ducks and who lives at the pond. Apparently the Egyptian Geese were indeed terrorists and had frightened the Muscovies on two occasions. What!! She chased them and they seem to have left the area. If I see them again I will call the Ranger. How dare they frighten our residents!!! As for the abandoned ducklings, they are just deadbeat parents…
A few years ago we had another invasive species at the pond, Nutria – mama and baby are pictured above. They are a relative of the Capybara and were brought to Louisiana for the fur trade. They breed like rabbits although they look like little beavers and can decimate the vegetation that is needed for the local species. My friend saw the Forest Warden preparing to trap them and asked him, “What are you going to do with them?” Bless her heart! It was like asking the store Santa if Santa is real. The warden very kindly told her that they were being ‘relocated’ to another area.
For some more fake news see RARE TWO HEADED DUCK below
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!!!