I just refilled the hummingbird feeders, so the one by the house was still swaying, but that didn’t put off a hungry hummer. Plus more on the other feeder.
I put out whole peanuts in a tray for the jays each morning.
For Flock Friday this week, more sad news, I’m afraid. One of the two Rouen ducks went missing on Sunday night. I don’t know what happened to him — I saw him on Sunday, and haven’t seen him since, not even a body or signs of a struggle. So if a raccoon or something grabbed him, it must have dragged him somewhere else.
Anyway, on with the pictures. Here are the ducks messily eating, with one of the Rouens in the foreground:
Ducks by the duck house, and (not really visible) ducklings inside:
A GIF of one of the Rouens exiting the pond:
Splashing to cool off on a hot day:
It was very hot (mid-90’s) over the weekend, so we gave the chickens a frozen treat of corn and peas to help them cool off:
Ducks eating again:
Camilla snuck into the veggie garden when I opened the gate:
Ducks with treats; the last photo of both Rouens:
On Sunday, the chickens with another frozen treat:
Looking at the pond cam, 8 ducks visible on Sunday evening:
The next morning, only 7 ducks; I couldn’t see any evidence of what happened to the second Rouen:
We had two names for the Rouens, Rémy and Raoul, but hadn’t decided on which was which. But now that we only have one, his name is Rémy. RIP Raoul.
Seven ducks eating:
I went to the feed store for more duckling food. I’m well stocked now; a couple of spare bags of duckling food (the red ones at the back), plus many bags of chicken food, fish food, and mealworms, in the storage area of the new chicken coop (I might need to add another shelf):
Ducks on the bank:
This morning, a visit by a blue heron:
Let’s check on Bert, the chickens, and fish.
Bert went onto the pond deck:
Perhaps looking for the mealworm treats and koi food I keep in a box on the deck… guarded by a resident frog:
Bert watching the ducklings:
By the duck house on a rainy day:
Bert looking over the pond:
Chickens enjoying one of their favorite treats — rice:
Lettuce is ignored when there’s rice available:
It’s been hot this week, so I opened all of the chicken coop vents and windows. Here you can see chickens on the roost by the front window:
Another day; a whole lettuce plant, tomatoes, and corn cobs for the chickens:
Looking down from the pond deck at Bert and koi:
Restocked duckling and chicken food, with a messy floor from straw stored above the door:
As you may have seen on my personal blog, a jumbo egg:
It’s Friday, so let’s check on the adult birds, in a weekly series I call Flock Friday.
Let’s start with the chickens enjoying some kale treats, while Bert watches and waits for me outside the run:
Bert then followed me across the lawn:
And down the path:
That was cute; let’s have an animated GIF of that:
Bert watching the ducklings:
Another day, Bert meeting me by the compost bins again:
At the chicken coop:
Bert watching the ducklings again:
And watching me:
A GIF of a couple birds flying over the pond:
And a still pic:
Let’s finish as we started, with more chickens enjoying treats (kale and lettuce grown in our veggie garden):
For Caturday this week, 5.25 cabin pictures, 3.25 cat house pictures, 2 shop pictures, 1.25 outside and feeder pictures, 1 breezeway picture, 1 GIF and 1 still from that, and 1 picture out a window. Just some totally irrelevant numbers.
Three cats at the cabins:
Poppa and Pommie in the breezeway:
Three cats in the feeder; the SD card in the feeder has stopped working (like the cat house one did recently); I don’t know if I’ll bother trying to fix it, so this might be the last picture from the feeder (though it is recorded by the Camect server, so probably not):
Porcini closeup with the cabin cats:
More cat snuggles:
Cat stalking a bird on the driveway, as it got away:
A GIF of that:
One of the twins in the lavender plants by our front steps, as seen from a window:
Pepper watching me closely in the shop; she wanted to get past, but that would have meant getting within six feet of me; she’s an expert at social distancing:
So she retreated and waited for me to depart:
Super-relaxed cabin cat:
Two cats snuggling, one looking out the door:
Screenshot of four cats (two in cabins, two in the house):
A startled greeting at the cabins:
Some symmetry, both in this picture, and with the first picture in today’s post:
This past week has been exciting with the baby ducklings, but I also got a bunch of pictures of the adult duck, Bert, and the chickens.
This post is about the adults, but let’s start with a check in on the ducklings; here’s them a week ago:
And yesterday; look how much they’ve grown already:
A picture of the ducklings and Bert:
I feed him his breakfast in this spot, as the food sinks to the bottom, and there’s a shallow ledge there, as more visible in the previous picture, when the water level was lower; it’s easer for him to eat from the water than on land:
Some pictures of the chickens while I was installing the compost bins:
Chickens and duck:
While I was refilling the feeder, Bert joined me:
Following me down the path to the duck house:
Breakfast next to the duck house:
An animated GIF of a heron taking off, when I went out there to chase it:
Bert drinking water accumulated in the paint tray that will be used by the ducklings next week:
He went up the ramp and tapped on the pop door. Sorry, that’ll stay closed for several more weeks, until the ducklings are old enough to go into the pond (at about 8 weeks old):
A bunch of pictures of the chickens:
I moved the log, and they enjoyed some tasty worms underneath:
A favorite dust bath spot under the pop door ramp:
Another day, I offered fun apple peel treats:
Bert was watching with interest outside the chicken run (I did offer some apple peel to him, but he didn’t want it):
Yesterday I did a post about our new ducklings. I’ll no doubt do another post about them later today too. But in the meantime, a regular Flock Friday post about wild birds, chickens, and our adult duck.
Firstly, I saw what looks like a carrier pigeon on our driveway. It has leg bands, and didn’t seem afraid of me. I guess taking a pitstop:
While doing the gate post repair, I dug a couple of small holes in the new and old chicken runs, so the chickens could enjoy digging in the dirt:
The heron visited again; the decoy heron doesn’t seem to deter it:
I chased it off again (though it had been there a while before I noticed it):
Got a dirty bill there Bert:
The chickens watching me most intently, waiting for me to give them treats:
A couple of funny/interesting things in this shot: stretched neck, and eye in mid-blink (the chicken in the foreground) — fun fact, chickens have a third eyelid, a nictitating membrane, that protects and moistens the eye while still allowing them to see:
Rice treat scramble:
Buffy laying an egg:
You may have seen this on the What’s It Wednesday answer; a closeup of Bert’s foot:
And a couple more shots of him:
Stay tuned for more duckling pics later.
A time-lapse video of a week of our pond, including our duck swimming around, me cleaning out the duck house in preparation for new ducklings, and a heron sighting.
Thanks to Camect for generating this summary video.
This week, GIFs of birds swooping, chickens fighting, and the duck flapping his wings, plus more pictures.
Here’s an animated GIF of a bird swooping over the pond; I think this is a female red-winged blackbird:
A still from that; nice wingspan:
Our remaining duck, Bert, in the pond:
And on the bank (which is rather weedy at present):
A GIF of a male red-winged blackbird swooping over a heron, no doubt telling it to move along:
GIF of male and female red-winged blackbirds by the duck house and over the pond, watched by Bert:
A still of that:
The chickens can get feisty sometimes; here’s a GIF of a chicken fight; fascinating how they fluff up their feathers:
Last GIF, of Bert standing on the “island” and flapping his wings:
The pond is very full at present, with all of the rain recently, so the island is slightly below the surface. Which is fine with him; easier to get onto it. Here he’s starting to flap:
And just standing on it:
Notice that the duck house door is closed now; I noticed that he wasn’t going in anyway. I feed him next to it in the mornings, as previously mentioned. I’ll probably clean out the duck house this weekend, in preparation for new ducklings in just over a week. Looking forward to that!
Let’s finish up with a couple of chicken pictures. All eyes on me as they wait for treats:
No eyes on me after I toss out the treats: