As always happens when the duckling season whirls into high gear, I lose track of who’s who. I’m fairly skilled at identifying particular ducks but this brood has me baffled. I’m tentatively identifying them as a new brood, 2012 Brood 9, but I reserve the right to change that.
There are nine ducklings and mom looks like the 2011 Hen of the Year, a duck named Esther who skillfully raised six last summer. Note her peach-colored cheeks and the double stripes on them (left). On May 30th, I identified another duck as being Esther. She only had six ducklings. This might be the same hen. She might have picked up ducklings from another mom, but these all look alike so I doubt it. The jury is still out. I’m surprised I haven’t seen this family before because they are about a month old. It’s possible she walked them to the millpond from another area.
Does it matter? Only to this blog and its author who tends to obsess about foolish things like counting ducklings. Obsess/abscess, the same thing in my case until I solve this important Life mystery. :-)