Blonde Bombshell #2 had a tragic accident in July, 2015. Her right leg became entangled with monofilament fishing line that cut off the circulation. By the time the Hysen family helped catch her, the flesh was falling off her foot.
Michigan Duck Rescue and Sanctuary was contacted to see if they had room for this domestic duck. BB#2 was caught along with her two surviving ducklings. We didn’t want to separate the trio.
I got periodic reports about her and asked about her in April of this year. Her two youngsters were still at the Sanctuary, but she had vanished. She was a good flyer so it was assumed she had gone to a nearby pond.
Instead, I got a report from a Brighton homeowner they had a blonde duck returned to their property this spring as she had for the past five years. They said she was now missing part of her leg and foot. Bingo! It had to be BB#2. She arrived with ducklings in tow Sunday evening. They were too far away to photograph in the fading light. It appeared she had three ducklings.
She came closer Monday night with one duckling, 2016 Brood 15. She has some difficulty walking but manages. She’s a good swimmer and flyer so she could live several more years. She was transported 20 miles to the Sanctuary but found her way back to the Brighton millpond to nest again this year by using magnetic fields, solar as well as star navigation, landmarks, and I’m sure a touch of magic to get where she wanted to be.