Sunday, October 3, 2010

The lesson of fear


Our little brood of ducklings learned a valuable lesson recently:  Fear.  Until now, they've happily gone about their way on our pond without too much trouble from our dogs.  Well, Thelma thought it was high time she lived up to her varmint hunter reputation and decided she'd go on a wild goose duck chase.


Instead of just rousting them from the sides of the pond, Thelma decided to chase them down in the water, swimming laps as well as scrounging in the weeds.  She traversed the pond tirelessly for 2 1/2 hours.  I'm grateful that the ducklings had recently learned to dive as that surely was the means of their salvation.  While Thelma dog-paddled on the surface, the ducklings and their parents would scatter, then dive and reappear moments later at some other location.  BB and Baron aided and abetted by harrassing from the pond's edges. 

I'm not certain if we still have 9 ducklings.  I've been unable to get a count.  I know we have at least 7 left.  The parents took them off  the pond later that day - trundling them up over the logs at the far end of the pond and down the other side of the hill, I'm assuming, to the creek.  However, they couldn't quite give up the bounty of scratch feed I provide, so they made their way back into the pond a couple of times to feed, then disappeared. 
 
Honestly, I'm surprised Thelma's penchant for duck terrorism has taken this long to kick in.  With previous broods, the whole family disappears shortly after hatching because they realize it's too dangerous to stay here with the dogs' plundering.  So we've been lucky to have watched them grow this long.  Guess it was inevitable that the "fear-mongreling" set in...


4 comments:

Farmchick said...

So nice that you have the ducks. We had some quite a while ago in our pond, but none since then. Due to our dogs, of course.

Canyon Girl said...

You are not going to beliee this, but I just saw your cute photo on a couple of blogs and wanted to find out who you were. Thanks for commenting and following my blog. I'm back to my regular blogging this week (I was in a car accident and had to take it easy.). How fun to have a pond, here it is very dry and no ponds or even creeks, except in the worst of rainstorms.

Joe said...

My dog likes to chase stuff but has no idea what to do with it when he actually catches it.

texwisgirl said...

Joe, count yourself lucky that your dog doesn't kill anything that crosses his path! Our Catahoulas are natural born killers which doesn't bode well for critters. :)

Canyon Girl, glad you're feeling better after your accident. I am looking forward to reading your blog and sharing mine with you too! Always happy to share the pond with folks in drier climates!

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