Hen And Drake Rest At The Lake

Ok, that’s a 6+1 Word Saturday. I bent the rules a little. I’ve tried for a week to make it just six words, but couldn’t seem to manage it. I also thought of “Let Sleeping Ducks Lie,” a riff on the English idiom of “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” but that was only 4 words, so I figured that 6+1 words was at least closer.

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Sleeping Ducks                                            Image: Hannah Keene 2019

These are two mallard ducks, female and male. Other than the Muscovy duck (the ubiquitous white duck), almost all domestic ducks are descended from the Mallard (Anus platyrhynchos). Yes, I absolutely had to look up the Latin classification. And I also didn’t originally know that the mallard was the second oldest breed of domestic duck. Isn’t the computer a wonderful font of knowledge?

They are standing on the mechanism for the fountain in our city’s natural lake.

Maybe these mallards are having a restful Saturday. I hope you do too!

Birds Of A Feather Stick Together

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Or do they? These are both pigeons but the brown one is the oddest colored pigeon I think I have ever seen. I’ve seen a completely brown one around the lake, and one that is an all over combination of brown and white, and those two were odd enough. But a pigeon that has an entirely brown body except for his white tail feathers? I have to say that I’ve never seen that before. While this pigeon doesn’t get shunned when they are all hanging out on the grass or on the dock, he often does seem to be wandering around a little separated from the group. And these two, at least for the moment, seem to be distinctly suspicious of each other. Although I may be being anthropomorphic, and they might just be deciding who gets the food.

Here is another one who has a beautiful, but unusual, completely black head, neck and chest. You can see some of the individual ruffled feathers along the left side of his neck. And his legs and feet show up as a gorgeous orange.

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Black Pigeon on Wharf                       Image: Hannah Keene 2019

Can pigeons even see color? I honestly didn’t know, and so I looked it up (And how easy that is with computers!) It turns out that pigeons can not only see color, they can see millions of different hues. They also can see ultraviolet, which humans cannot, so they are often used in search and rescue missions at sea. Scientists say that pigeons may be better at color detection that any other living animal. Who knew? And here I was, thinking of them as the rats of the air.