Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 55

Yes, all 6 juveniles and their 2 parents returned on November 13th after about 9 days away.


You can see the youngsters' bills are starting to pink up.




 
Chowing down.

In addition, another small group of whistlers came back with them - 4 more adults and 2 more juveniles.
Of the two new juveniles, one had a wounded leg. The healthy one was allowed to join in with 'our' family of 6 juveniles. The wounded one was driven away, but the 4 new adults stuck with him and made their own flock family.
The wounded juvenile with 2 of his adult guardians.




  Family dynamics are always complicated, whether it be flock, herd, pack or kin.
To be continued...

111 comments:

georgettesullins said...

They just clicked their pink webbed feet together flying back home. "There is no place like home...at runaround."

Andy said...

Nice storyboard. I'm amazed at the variety of natures creatures that come and visit you.

Magnolia Tea said...

Yay for sticking with the wounded and weary! Great bird story. :)

Eva Ason said...

Great photos :)

holdingmoments said...

Good to see that you're Whistlers are doing well.
Lovely ducks.

Molly The Wally said...

Wonder where they went? Nice to see them back and we hope the little one with the bad leg will be OK. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Glad they came home, and they brought friends! Hope the little wounded guy heals up...makes me feel better to see he has a couple of guardians :)

Anvilcloud said...

Aw, gotta feel for the poor wounded one.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Aww Tex I feel sad about the wounded one but it is still a happy story. You just made my morning.. :)

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Getting some colour in their beaks!

Jeanne said...

oh wow! they are definitely growing. Do you think they took a quick vacation to Florida for the ice storm??? All of the birds around my house disappeared when it was cold. Wonder what that is about! Glad your birds are ok!

Pom Pom said...

Interesting. I'm sad that the wounded one was driven away but I'm happy that his friends stuck by him.

Kleine Waldameise said...

Wie groß sie geworden sind. Bald werden sie ausfliegen ...

Ein lieber Gruß
Waldameise

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would love to learn the untold story of where they were during those 9 days :)

Dicky Bird said...

Can't wait to hear rest of story, if the "family" unity was restored. Probably could learn a lesson here, "ignorance of youth, wisdom in age", I will wait...

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, wonderful pictures of the Whistlers once again....feel bad for the wounded juvenile but glad he was not alone, Blessings Francine.

DJan said...

Such an interesting bunch of ducks, Tex. I sure feel attached to the young ones now. I guess since there are other juveniles around, it's not that unusual to breed so late. Glad they are home safe and sound! :-)

Judy said...

Yay for the 4 adults who stuck by the wounded one.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Glad they came back with friends:@)

Sandra said...

Family dynamics are always complicated, whether it be flock, herd, pack or kin.
truer words were never spoken... especially the kin part. glad the adults are helping the wounded one.

Montanagirl said...

I think there's complications in "every" family! These pink-billed guys are such fun to see. They apparently don't venture up to our part of the country.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

You probably can't tell whether the injury of the juvenile is one that will heal over time. I can hope so anyway. I'm glad he has adult protectors. The original whistler family, and their new friends, might just as well settle down for the winter at Run*A*Round. I know someone there who won't let them starve.

Lynn said...

excellent shots, I am happy for that little wounded leg youngster that he has guardians there for him. How interesting to see their bills beginning to change colour...

Beth Edwards said...

you need to make a flip book to see how they have grown. that would be totally fun. i love this series. have you named them?

have a good week T!! ( :

Marit Sønstebø said...

They have lovely colors, and it is good they are back again!

Debbie said...

hehe, they know a good thing and they are not going to fly away from it!!

it's so interesting to read about the dynamics of a duck family!! perhaps we have a book title ;)

Marcoantonio Arellano said...
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DIMI said...

Nice to see them back Tex!Wonderful pictures of the Whistlers!!!Great shots!!!Have a nice day!!!
Dimi...

McGuffy Ann said...

Home Sweet Home.

Julia said...

I waas thinking that the family of Whistlers were visiting cousins, I guess I was right. There is strength in numbers. I feel bad about the injured bird.

It's nice to see the beaks turning color. Thanks for letting us follow them with you.
Hugs,
JB

Farm Girl said...

haha your comment about family dynamics just cracked me up, you could say that about every single one of my Christmases. :)
I love how much those babies have grown. I also love seeing that their beaks are changing color.
I love the reflection in the water and the one with them eating.

Irma said...

Wonderful pictures of the Whistlers.
Nice to see them back.

ellen abbott said...

I wonder where they went. I guess they plan to winter over in your pond. Interesting that the four adults are protecting the wounded juvenile. I would assume the parents would but non parental adults are too.

Karen said...

What lovely "family" portraits!

Karen S. said...

Yay! The gang's all here! Stunning photos, the reflection and the images appearing like large snow flakes gently falling around.

joeh said...

6 made it! Good job.

Keep us up with the lame duck...probably not going to end well...nature does not handle flaws well, but why the other ducks keep him out? A liability, or they don't want to get attached?

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ah the stories they could tell if they could only talk. "Quack"

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, I love them, young ones and adults, they are superb.

Patty Woodland said...

It's like Peyton Place for ducks there on the pond

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Definitely a pecking order in place.

Everybody is looking really good, strong and healthy!

~Lindy

LV said...

Even the ducks know when life is a good thing. They just took a family vacation and returned for the holidays.Another great feature.

Raggedy Creations said...

Duck dynasty on vacation....sorry couldn't resist

don said...

It must have been fun to see the originals return after 9 days. I'm glad the wounded one has some adults to help him/her.

Melissa said...

Maybe they're going to stay for the winter...?

eViL pOp TaRt said...

So wonderful that they've returned! Yay for whistlers!

Gail Dixon said...

Awww...I feel sorry for the wounded one, but so glad the adults are sticking by him. Love the blushing bills!! And the synchronized feeding.

Thanks to your suggestion, I will be starting Tri-Colored Heron Tuesday on my blog in 2014. I appreciate the input greatly!

Mersad said...

They look so happy together! :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Can't wait for more Whistlers! So happy your little pals came "Home". Great snapshots! Have a fine day today at the rancho!

Paula Fraker said...

That is amazing... their bills turn almost purple-ish before they turn pink!!! Love it!!

Small City Scenes said...

I am glad they keep coming back. I hope the wounded one heals and it is not permanent. Great shots. MB

Stephen Hayes said...

I hope that injured leg mends or this poor duck won't have an easy time surviving.

Mary said...

Yay! I'm so happy the wounded one found a family. (I always root for an underdog.). :). I love your photos, and you've passed on to me a serious case if Whistler love!

Our photos said...

Nice to see them back!

Sylvia K said...

Happy family!!

Betsy Adams said...

What a neat post today… I am glad the Whistlers came back… Wonder where they were for 9 days!???

That is super of the adults taking that wounded juvie…. Terrible that his 'real' parents and family pushed him away.

Thanks for sharing these stories. I can imagine how much you enjoy watching the Whistlers…

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

stiefbeen said...

ze kunnen niet klagen over hert krijgen van aandacht.

edenhills said...

Glad the new youngins found a family to belong to.

edenhills said...

Glad the new youngins found a family to belong to.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This has been (and continues to be) such an amazing saga. I guess the family left to go gather up some relatives and bring them home. (I can just hear the conversation..."we found this amazing resort called the Run*A*Round Ranch...why don't you join us?"....;>)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Wonder where they were for the 9 days? Wherever they were, they wanted to get back home. :-) I'm glad the little wounded one has guardians.

The smoky blue of the young ones' bills is so pretty.

RedPat said...

Waiting for the next episode! ;-)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Aww, I'm so glad the adults stuck with the wounded juvenile. So sweet.

DeniseinVA said...

Well, they just knew where they were welcome and couldn't find a better place. Sad about the little one with the wounded leg but it's great that he has his guardians. Sweet part of nature. Thanks for stopping by and wishing us a Happy Anniversary, so appreciate that :)

karmnik54 said...

Fajne:)

Inger said...

I wonder where they went and if they will leave again. I guess I just have to wait to find out. They are beautiful and their story has become so interesting and heart warming. Thank you Tex.

Robin Lamb said...

T, Glad to see your family is home!! I guess wherever they went it wasn't as good as RunAround!

Ela said...

I'm glad they came back. It's a beautiful bird family. Nice to watch a happy family.
Greetings

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

hope the wounded whistler heals so he/she can join the rest very soon!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Ah ha! I'm starting to see the bills change colors :-)

KB Bear said...

It's so nice of your Whistlers to share their pond :) I hope the wounded juvenile heals up.

Beth said...

I hope the wounded whistler is fully recovered soon!

Margie said...

Before all is said and done, you are going to be an expert on whistlers! I know you are keeping a journal or at least detailed notes. God knows you have plenty of photos, LOL to create a book! Now, draw one of those suckers for a give-away woman!

Buttons said...

Afternoon Tex "Family dynamics are always complicated, whether it be flock, herd, pack or kin" wise words indeed:)
Oh I am so happy they took the wounded one in. Hug B.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Where did they go?

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Yup family dynamics can be tough!

eileeninmd said...

I think they know they will be treated wonderfully at your place. That's why they left and came back with their friends. Cute duckies and beautiful photos.

Stephanie said...

Love these!

Leovi said...

Funny pictures that handsome!

A Quiet Corner said...

It is so nice that they came back, T!!! I can hardly wait to see the eagles....I hope!...:)JP

Red said...

You've shared an amazing story about these birds.

Country Gal said...

My how they have grown ! Glad they made it ! It is tuff out there ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Marissa said...

Love the duckies...
Can't wait to get out there..

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
You are so right about family dynamics... Hope the wounded leg (snapping turtle?) will heal and the poor thing survives well. Life is never easy when you have such a handicap. Love your post; it gives so much more satisfaction (to me at least!) than all the 'overdone' deco and such.
Hugs,
Mariette

genie said...

Hope the injured juvenile makes it. I cannot believe that they are all back...and there I was writing I was so happy you had all of the pictures before they departed for good. Guess I was wrong. Know you are happy.

Cloudia said...

photographing some ducks today - thought of YOU!


ALOHA TEX
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
=^..^= <3

bj said...

Aren't they adorable....and they must love your little pond to come back to it. :)

bj said...

OK, I see you DO have SEARCH but it doesn't seem to be working. When I type in CARDINAL, it takes me right back to your present post...??

Paula said...

Interesting story about family dynamics and how true it is.

Randy said...

Ah the happy family.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So glad they decided to come back! And they brought friends, too! You are right about family dynamics. It is wonderful that the 4 adults are protecting the wounded one.. Maybe the other parents have too much on their plate.... I love your photos and observations. xo Karen

Pam :) said...

Thank heavens for the whistles who provided a safe haven and new family for young wounded whistler.
:)

SquirrelQueen said...

I'm glad the adults are looking out for the wounded little one. I love seeing the Whistlers.

Linda said...

Aww, glad he got adopted.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I loved hearing how the young wounded whistler has someone to watch over him! Sweet photos!

Terri Buster said...

Maybe they were taking a vacation to a new pond! LOL! So cute.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Nice pictures!!!.. So sweet!!!.. Merry Christmas!!!.. :-)))

Elaine said...

Love these guys! I like those pretty blue bills on the juvies. Good to see the adults are sticking with the wounded juvie.

Indrani said...

Wow! So many of them!
Wonderful photo opportunity for you.

Laura. M said...

Learning to live.
I wish you a good Christmas, Teresa
A kiss.

ashok said...

lovely pictures...have a wonderful Christmas!

Ercotravels said...

100+!!! Cute ducklings..

Rita said...

So interesting that the two adults stuck by the wounded youth. Must have been the parents, you'd think. Makes you wonder if a snapping turtle tried to grab it.

Daryl said...

not only do they make me smile, they are warming me up ..while its been unseasonably wintery here this weekend its going to be a record breaker temp wise .. it will be in the 60s .. insane .. global warming... i think so

bailey-road.com said...

Such an interesting group to watch and learn from.

wayside wanderer said...

Love the family shot and like hearing they are being kind to the poor injured one. I am going to die waiting for beaks to pink up. haha

pattisjarrett said...

Maybe they were off doing their Christmas shopping. It's interesting how other birds know when there's something wrong with one in their midst.

Carletta said...

I wonder if they will winter with you..... :)

Betty Manousos said...

gotta love those ducks!

bon bon said...

oh, i feel for the wounded one. glad someone let him know about your place.

Brian King said...

They're getting there...once the colors come in they'll blend in with mom and dad.

Rose said...

I found my way back to where I last visited...would have sworn I commented on this post but apparently I didn't. I wanted to make sure I don't miss a post such as the one with the bull and the hammock! That is one of my favorites of all time.

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