Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 14

It is time to start up with the Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, again. They've been here every day for about 2 weeks, now. Actually, a small flock stayed in the area through winter (a first) without migrating south. I saw them fly over in late November, then they stopped in in early January - that's when these photos were taken.


Normally, they leave our area in September/October and head to South Texas or Mexico for the winter until they return to our area between February/April. Now it seems, they just might stay around more.





You'll be seeing more of these guys here, I'm sure. :)

129 comments:

Michelle said...

I love how they are all in a row on the branch.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They are beautiful ducks, such a delight that they came en masse!

Have to read up on them too.

nene said...

An interesting hybrid looking breed

Talking about whistling; it's about five thirty am here right now and I can here my friendly flock outside harmoniously calling me to fill their feeders. They'll be hard pressed to find food otherwise around here for the next few days. We were pummeled with ten to twelve inches of snow here in northern Indiana.

Gracias mi amiga

Lynne said...

I call these TexWis' signature visitors . . . thanks for the smiles . . .

eileeninmd said...

How cool, Tex! They must just love your place and not want to leave. Lucky you, I would be happy to see these cuties every day!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

love. love. love. the soft, subtle grays and browns with the pink of those cute little legs and feet!! beautiful colors. blessings ~ tanna

Sandra said...

i like the one with the v shapped winged dismount

georgettesullins said...

What fun to see a flock of them on the tree branches.

Paula said...

Oh~ I just LOVE their pink feet!! :)

Flat Creek Farm said...

You are so blessed.. love these whistlers! I want some!! Thanks for sharing so we can enjoy them too! -Tammy

Deb said...

I always think of the song Whistle while you work when I see them

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

How nice those sweet faces stayed around and now more have returned. They have such a whimsical look about them. Since they are there Tex, Spring has got to be near!

Kate said...

Looks like a convention! I've read recently that the changing weather patterns are changing migration patterns of many different species.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great pictures. My husbands office is all about ducks. I don't believe I have seen these before.

Amy Burzese said...

Great. I'm learning a lot from my birding blogger friends.

Jeanne said...

Great shots! Your variety of birds is simply amazing!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

There's so many of them! A cold tree is the place to be.

Molly The Wally said...

They are the colours of Autumn. Lovely. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Leave It To Davis said...

I think we are turning into Mexico....weather, birds and all! So, these birds have taken karate, huh? Who taught them to whistle?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

So glad your beloved whistlers are back! I love the 4th pic down - I did a double take :-)

Dianna said...

Love that beautiful brown! You got a couple of great action shots there, too.

Jan n Jer said...

They are so neat. Bet you feel it's an honor that they picked you place to stay for the winter.

DJan said...

Looks like they knew you were admiring them, so they stayed around to be appreciated. Thanks for sharing your whistlers with me! :-)

Samantha said...

YAYYY! I love these guys..really gorgeous.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Ducks in trees? I had no idea. I love seeing the wildlife you have in Texas - and I'm jealous that March is Spring for you!

Pom Pom said...

I have never seen this duck. BEAUTIFUL!
I must show my bird loving student. I saw the web cam hummingbird on another blog. Fascinating! Have you looked?

Michaele said...

They like Texas : ) More photos of these are always welcome.

edenhills said...

Just love that 4th shot where he's coming in for a landing! What a great capture!

Susan said...

Love the wing shots! So awesome that they consider your place home. Such cute little things.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures showing of "ducks" - great that they are back again :) Hanne Bente

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Yay- I love the whistlers!

Lynda said...

They are beautiful. I love the contrast of the coral-colored beak against their black feathers. It makes them appear festive and happy.

Crissi said...

So many ducks in a tree, beautiful!
nice day
Crissi

bailey-road.com said...

I love seeing all these cute ducks out on a limb.

Primitive Stars said...

Absolutly great pictures of all the ducks sitting in the tree......your always at the right place at the right time, great pictures, Francine.

MTWaggin said...

I will never get over the fact that these are DUCKS and yet hang out in the trees! It is just wrong somehow! LOL

Chatty Crone said...

I love those Whistlers!

Beth said...

I love this series of photos. The whistlers are great.

MarkD60 said...

Beautiful ducks, looks like they're made from deer fur.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

How cute are they! You should take a video one day so we can hear them.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

They really are my favorites, what fun characters no matter where they're sitting! :-)

wayside wanderer said...

They crack me up sitting in the trees like that. I think they must be smarter than the average duck. Do people hunt them?

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad they are back. I can't wait to see more pictures. I just love those pink feet.

Sylvia K said...

Quite a cluster of "quacks" for the day! Pretty classy shoes they're wearing, too!

Ian Holland said...

They know where there is easy living!

Stephanie said...

I really like how you capture all these great bird shots.

Molly The Wally said...

Tex pop over here and take a look at this. http://studiohyde.blogspot.co.uk I know you too love horses. Bet you can't watch it without a tear in your eye. Just a brilliant uplifting rescue.
Best wishes Molly

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Since these guys are regular returnees and provided so much entertainment for you and your followerers, isn't it about time you gave each a name?

Candy C. said...

YAY for Whistler posts!!
I can't say that I blame them for not going further south for the winter, they've got it GOOD there at the Run*A*Round!! :)

Maple Lane said...

I always enjoying seeing these beauties.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

They are lovely Teresa!

barbara l. hale said...

I am in love with Whistler Ducks. They are the coolest ducks going. One of these days, I will see them in person. Meanwhile, I won't complain any time you decide to post pics of them.

Patty Woodland said...

A lot of birds are changing their migratory habits with the way the weather has been.

Pam ;) said...

Luck you to see so many whistlers in tree- great captures of your fav ducks Tex.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

First, congrats on the POTW win for the roadrunner pics. Well deserved! Second, loving these pretty ducks in the tree. You must've made them feel very welcome so they decided to stay. Lucky you!

Pam ;) said...

I have faith that you could draw a sandhill crane with no problem at all Theresa ~:>)

Breathtaking said...

I'm glad they were back in January,
perhaps they will stay permanently
now.They certainly look as though they are at home at your place,... part of the landscape infact. They are such fun birds to see.

Breathtaking said...

I'm glad they were back in January,
perhaps they will stay permanently
now.They certainly look as though they are at home at your place,... part of the landscape infact. They are such fun birds to see.

Hilary said...

Ducks have such a serene sweetness to their faces. I can see why you love these guys so much.

Paula said...

They blend in with the background. I remember I thought I saw two around here but not at our tank.

Kerri said...

Those ducks are just so cool..... and their PINK feet make me smile :)

grammie g said...

HI Teresa...Those guys just make me giggle and, smile!! : )))
Grace

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Goodie, I love these guys!

Barbara said...

I don't think I've ever seen these in person! You have such a great variety of wildlife around you.

Sally Crowe said...

Beautiful!!

xoxo

SweetMarie said...

Love the fifth, middle, photo with the V's. All so pretty!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

My gosh -- I knew (of course;>)) that you had these ducks on the run-a-round, but I had no idea of how many. That tree branch shot is fantastic.

Marie said...

Like lovely tree ornaments! They are such great ducks!

nic.b van es said...

ze hadden zeker werkoverleg??

Buttons said...

Wow I love this I never knew ducks sat in trees. Strange eh I thought I knew everything:) Have a good day Tex. B

Debbie said...

they look so pretty lined up perfectly on the tree branch. if i were looking for ducks, i don't think i would look up. i guess they all have different patterns.

those pink feet are just too cute, if they were swimming we would not get to see them!!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

Verstehst du deutsch?
Great Duck pictures!
Greetings
Angela

Red said...

So these characters have a very short migration. Many birds are now surprising us by not migrating.

Montanagirl said...

Love these ducks. Kinda fun how they all line up and share the branch. You'll have fun photographing them again.

Giga said...

One są śliczne , masz co podziwiać u siebie. Pozdrawiam.
They are beautiful, you have to admire at home. Yours.

Robin Lamb said...

T, good to see these guys again! They still make me laugh seeing them sitting in a tree like that!

Nancy said...

I know this is crazy but the first thing I thought about is they could teach us a few things about friendship...They are all standing so close together in in such perfect lines.....I would love to hear them whistle...

Fjällripan said...

Oh they are back! These sweet looking birds! :))

Mariodacat said...

WOW - are they gorgeous. Another WI girl here - guess those ducks don't visit us because we've never seen them.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, I love those ducks on the tree, I have always been in the water. Greetings.

Cloudia said...

Never SEEN a flock O ducks in a tree!
Willya look at that!



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Linda said...

Oh how neat that these guys decided to spend the whole winter with you. You have some of the most interesting "critters" at your place.

Elaine said...

I love these guys!

EM Illustrator said...

They are adorable!

Small City Scenes said...

Fascinating. I have never seen these ducks before. Cool shots. MB

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Yeah!!! My favourite duck pictures are back.I enjoy seeing these guys through your pictures.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I wish you'd send them down my way- I just love them!

Lindsjö taxar said...

My favourites again, great!!

Carole M. said...

lucky you they're not in any great rush this year. I guess they're wondering why they'd want to leave?

Margie said...

They are my absolute faves, and I le the way they line up on the tree limb.

parker said...

Handsome flock of the returning Whistlers. They know where the easy pickins' are!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

They're so cute! Great action shots :)

Saun said...

They're back.... my favorites are the fourth and fifth shot. :)

Brian King said...

haha! They still crack me up! I love how they sit on tree branches! That's not something I see here and it makes me laugh!

c. Joy said...

Beautiful. I love the ones that look like you've 'frozen' them in flight. Great pictures - you do good work.

DIMI said...

Very beautiful ducks Tex!Amazing pictures!!Great captures too!Have a lovely evening!
Dimi..

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of the Whistling Ducks. There are alot of them, aren't there?

Hugs,
Betsy
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Deanna said...

don't usually see ducks in trees around here....kinda funny looking. They look like little wooden toys. Will be fun to see some close-range shots of these interesting looking birds.

Anne Payne said...

Great photos! That's really cool how they line up like that.

A Quiet Corner said...

Those are the only ducks I've ever seen in a tree! Vultures roosting, yes...ducks no...:)JP

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Big smiles:@)

Jill said...

I LOVE that they are back!

Lois Evensen said...

Love seeing them! :)

Janey and Co. said...

Haven't seen this duck before...and don't think I have seen ducks in a tree?

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are amazing!!!!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Joe said...

These ducks kind of grow on you.

SandyCarlson said...

These are really lovely birds. Great photos, my friend.

pattisjarrett said...

Two weeks! You've been holding out on us! Glad to see they're back.

Carletta said...

Somebody said they thought of these are your signature visitors -I like that. :)
Wish them and their little pink feet were in my backyard. :)

Randy said...

Team meeting.

Julia said...

Hi TexWisGirl, I visited your Word Verification blog post and since you said that we could feel fre to share the message, I snagged the button from you already. I hope that it's OK with you.

Thanks for coming by.
JB

missing moments said...

Awesome shot all lined up.

Karen said...

These are beautiful ducks! I love how they are all posing for you - in a tree of all things! You take the best photos! xx

Bob Bushell said...

Good on you Whistlers. Excellent photos.

Pantherka said...

These are great shots. How nice.
Greetings.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

We have a commercial that has all his ducks in a row. This reminds me of the commercial these ducks. Never seen these kind in Canada.


The one duck was faced the other way then finally he was in a row facing the others in the commercial.

McGuffy Ann said...

These are amazing photos! I need to go look them up and learn about them. I love your photos!

Daryl said...

looks like a photo for a riddle .. how many whistlers does it take to overload a branch?

Tricia Hays said...

love those cute lil orange beaked dudes =)

Helma said...

Are these geese just in the tree???
What special to see. I also have these geese (or ducks are) never seen.

Maria said...

Wow, they look so swell together, so many of them!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

I'm in awe of them & of you, again...I love their changing formations...Aren't they a crew, all together like that!

Jeevan said...
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Jeevan said...

Good to have them back again. The cutest ducks I ever seen :)

Jeevan said...

Good to have them back again. The cutest ducks I ever seen :)

Betty Manousos said...

awww!!
oh my gosh, these ducks are sooo cute!

Barb Brookbank said...

Love these!

Liz said...

I love your Whistlers!! I'm so glad I kept scrolling!!
So glad you've changed to pop up comments :)

Rose said...

I just love these birds....love the last two shots, too.

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