Monday, February 10, 2014

A Few From the Cell (phone, that is...)

A few of the Whistling Duck feathers left on the lawn - one of them covered in frost crystals on a cold morning.
 Silly Whistlers hanging around.
  Waiting on the water as I scatter scratch feed in the mornings.


 More fence sitting.
 Scrabbling for scratch feed.

 They remind me of cockroaches. :)
Coming in and waiting for afternoon feeding.

And more waiting for me to feed as I go out to the barn to feed horses first.
 Some afternoons, a few camp out on the deck railings just to make certain I know they're waiting.
And for those of you who like to hear them, another short video of a small group squabbling while they feed.
(You see how I snuck in a Whistlers on Monday post?) ;)

152 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Wow ! The whole place is teeming with whistlers !

Blackberry Lane said...

I love the photos and the video! So funny that a few wait on the deck railing for you!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wow! I've never seen so many ducks in a mega-flock before!

EG CameraGirl said...

They really like it there!

Gordon said...

That is just amazing to see so many, they know where they are well off. I saw my first last March in Florida, there was only half dozen or so,and I thought tha t was great. I've also been listening to your Mockingbird Vid. that brings back memories too, thanks for that .
All the best Gordon.

magnoliasntea said...

Love the photos of them on the fence and gate. Have a great day.

messymimi said...

The frost looks like it was painted on in a beautiful pattern! They certainly will let you know if you are late with breakfast, won't they?

Carole M. said...

so many of them too and great to actually hear them, thanks for that

DJan said...

I love whistlers on Monday as much as I do on Wednesday! Love that first picture, Tex. :-)

Ercotravels said...

So pretty colors of the ducks! beautiful photos ...

Ercotravels said...

So pretty colors of the ducks! beautiful photos ...

Birdman said...

Ah... true friends keep coming back to see you.

Betty Manousos said...

good morning theresa,
so much beauty!
i particularly love the second one. wonderful composition and reflections.

georgettesullins said...

There's always company coming. :)

Dicky Bird said...

I like the frosty feather picture. It is nice to see your pond so full.

Duckbutt said...

What a lineup!

Janey and Co. said...

OMG and I thought Tom had forgotten to roll the garbage out ....it being Weds!...Just kidding. Sounds like you spend a lot of your day feeding others!

Jacquelineand.... said...

The frosted feather is so beautiful, I had to go back and take a second... longer... look.

I'm sure that should be called a 'hootenanny' of whistlers; yup, you are now officially (in my mind at least) the Hootenanny Hostel!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

love. love. love these little guys! The ones of them fence sitting are SO good! Too cute! blessings ~ tanna

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Your phone takes GREAT pics! Love the ice crystals on the feather!

Andee said...

I can't believe how many of them there are!

Laura. M said...

Uuufff .... avalanche;)
Good reflexes, Teresa!!

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

I know Tejanos always talk about how everything is bigger in Tejas but if when gathered like that they remind you of 'cacaroaches' then you must have some really Beeg ones. :-P

Tanya Breese said...

they are so cute waiting for you like that!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That frost-covered duck feather is one of the most unique pictures I've ever seen.

Buttons said...

Morning Tex oh your cellphone takes great pics but your eye is marvelous. Oh how I love Whislers and their sound. Hug B

Pom Pom said...

They sound heavenly! Your pond is a favorite of so many winged beauties!

Julia said...

Who needs coffee in the morning when you have whistlers, so many of them.
Oh I love that pretty frosted feather. So unique.
Hugs,
JB

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i will go back & watch your video. great cell pics. they are so great these days. even for videos. have a good week, T. ( :

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The frost decorated feather is beautiful. Yikes! You have a lot of Whistlers.

Jeanne said...

Love all of those whistlers sitting up on the fence top over the pond, and your video is so cute! Glad to see you are posting from the ( cell) Phone! LOL

Marit Sønstebø said...

So many whistlers at one time! :-)

It's me said...

So many !!!!...lovely week darling...love Ria...x !

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, I wish you hadn't said that about cockroaches. I'll never be able to look at Whistlers the same way again.

My favorites of this set are the first two. The photo of the frost on the feather is truly beautiful. And the next one, of the whistlers sitting on the rail and reflected in the water, is also lovely. Your cell phone does good work.

Icy BC said...

OMG--these are beautiful shots of such beautiful ducks! Can you send some of them my way! Tell them to fly north :-)

Miss Val's Creations said...

The whistling sounds beautiful! How neat the way the frost flakes sit on the feather. I must agree these little guys look like a bunch of cockroaches when there are so many together in 1 spot.

Sandra said...

I think your flock is growing really fast. my favorite shots today are 6 and 7.

Kate said...

I especially like the feather with ice crystals. I have often wondered if you get eagles and owls in your area?

Donna said...

OMG, that is quite a crowd there! I played the video for Mr. Jim at the breakfast table (using my iPad). He had never heard whistling ducks before, LOL!

Nancy's Notes said...

Now that is some major squabbling while they feed! Beautiful photographs!

Irma said...

I've never seen so many whistlers together.
The video is beautiful.

Farm Girl said...

Oh my gosh there are so many now. That is incredible. I bet they are eating a bag of scratch a week at least.
Your video turned out nice. I enjoy watching them.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

OMG, what a flock! It must be deafening.

Sally said...

Cockroaches! LOL, that cracked me up. Your cell phone takes wonderful photo's. :)

Sharon Wagner said...

Wow! That's quite a flock.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The Whistlers love the Run-A-Round Diner! I love seeing them all lined up on the fence.

Rose said...

I bet you can guess that the fence sitters are my favs! Just love them...and I am always surprised at the sounds they make. Just not what I expect, but not sure what I do expect, either.

Furry Bottoms said...

You must live in the most magical place ever, T.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Loved the vid to . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

DIMI said...

Such beauty in your pictures Tex!Its always a joy watching them!I love your video too!!Wish you a happy week!!
Dimi...

Leovi said...

Nice pictures , I love these frost crystals on the pen !

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

That's a lot of whistlers! I love how they perch on the fence and the deck railing. Beautiful views of the pond, too.

Karen said...

Love the frost on the feather!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Ah so sneaky ;-) Your cell phone (and you) take great pictures!

Crafty Green Poet said...

they look so comical in their big group!

I love the frost on the feather, beautiful

bailey-road.com said...

Wow! So many Whistlers! I love the shot of the frosted feather.

RedPat said...

You are feeding so many of them! Good woman! ;-)

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

These are great. Crop a couple and you have a great entry for Weekend Reflections (#2) and Weekend Fences (#6). I never imagined you having such a big herd of them there. Cockroaches are right. Wow!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

The feather: Amazingly beautiful & such a miracle of design! The whistlers on the fence, also amazing. They sure do like you, party at Tex's!

Montanagirl said...

The "TexWis Whistling Duck Resort". lol. Can't believe how many there are now!

Mama Zen said...

That's a lot of whistlers!

don said...

A fine series of good shots. The cell phone does an admirable job of shooting.

Sylvia K said...

A lot of whistlers indeed!! And what fun shots for the day! The video is great!! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!

Gail Dixon said...

Jeese Louise! The numbers are astounding. Love how they line up on the iron railing over the water. They have certainly put out the word on your property!

Łucja-Maria said...

Oh my God, so many geese ...
Yours sincerely.

Nancy J said...

You need big discounts on their feed, and this is almost a full time job. Here, we feed the birds if we sit outside for morning tea, and they get to know the time to gather round. Love those fence sitters. Cheers from Jean

Bob Bushell said...

They must have a plenty of hard cash, and so would I.

Paula said...

I like your imagination, they do look like a herd of cockroaches. They are amazing.

wayside wanderer said...

Haha...absolutely love their fence sitting. I am impressed you still have grass where they are eating!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Nice snaps from the cell phone camera. Oh the joy of having a flock of these Whistlers! So cute and fun. Good for you! Have a super nice week ahead!

Patty Woodland said...

That feather shot would make an excellent piece of wall art

Susan said...

Invasion of the Whistlers! You are so right, they do look like cockroaches in those pictures.

Hilary said...

I love that first image of the crystals on the feather. How beautiful.. even with the bird poop over on the left. ;)

cobie en bas van Es said...

je hebt er wel heel wat monden te voeden.

ellen abbott said...

beautiful picture of the feathers. are these recent? loks like the whole herd is back and not just the one little late family.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love the icy feather and the fence sitting!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love the photo of the frost on the feathers :) I am rather a fence sitter myself. Laughing about the cockroaches. xo Karen

Robin Lamb said...

T, what a crowd! They should be laying you some eggs, seeing all the feed you're giving them!

Kathy said...

Wow! I think you're operating a duck sanctuary!

Giga said...

Piórko jest pomalowane w gwiazdki przez mróz. Ślicznie to wygląda. Głośno się kaczki dopominają o jedzenie. Pozdrawiam.
The stylus is painted in stars by frost. Pretty it looks. Ducks are claiming loudly for food. Yours.

Debbie said...

omgoodness!! I don't think I ever realized how many there were until now!!

You are such a kind soul to provide food for them!! And you are going to go broke!!

Leovi said...

Wonderful to see so many Whistling Duck together!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh, your phone! I thought maybe they'd finally tracked you down. ;-)
LOVE the photos, especially the fence one.

Shannon Ham said...

Love the video! Been missing that sound... which can really mess up an afternoon nap! :) Stay warm!!

Primitive Stars said...

Wow, many Whistlers around, such pretty pictures, love the frosty feather, Francine.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

If I had no sight - I would think I was listening to lovely little song birds!!
Hahahaaaa- You have created lovely little whistler monsters!! They will never leave you now!!! Canadian geese make a mess of football fields and running tracks around the football fields with their poop - how are the whistlers on your deck?? Are they killing the grass or fertilizing it??
Still think you need to sit right next to the bird bath and make them come to you if they want to seat!!
Very pretty and interesting feather with the frost on it!! With your cell phone - NICE!

Pantherka said...

Really nice photos.
Waiting for feeding ... excellent.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

I love that you snuck them in on Monday!

Candy C. said...

It looks like they have you VERY well trained! ;) Love that first picture!

Jeanne said...

Cockroaches huh?? As in they will multiply and never leave?

Deb said...

they sure found a wonderful bed and breakfast at your place...and we get to watch all the fun!!! I just love hearing them....so much sweeter than QUACKING...

Deb said...

they sure found a wonderful bed and breakfast at your place...and we get to watch all the fun!!! I just love hearing them....so much sweeter than QUACKING...

orchid Miyako said...

Good Morning dearest Theresa;
Oh My!!! I never thought your Whistlers get together with that many number. They must know the sweet lovely lady(*^_^*) So funny or ironic for a person who doesn't encounter the chance to see bird much. And I enjoyed listening their squabbling as you say.

Haha, my husband sat in the chair and waiting for the food (breakfast).

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

eileeninmd said...

Sneaking in Whistling Ducks on a Monday, so glad I stopped by. I like the shots of them lined up on the fence and your deck railing.. They are calling you to come and feed them, that is cute! I love hearing their sounds too. Great shots!

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

I've never seen soo many Whistling Ducks! I love the second picture. I watched the video, they do whistle!

A Quiet Corner said...

Cockroaches!!!! LOL!!! I just showed the Pres...contact Ducks Unlimited...they get people to plant crop to maintain the population...maybe they can help with the feed!...:)JP

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

I like photo #6 as they all line the top of the fence! Too funny that they are brazen enough to get close to the house to let you know they're there and hungry:@)

parker said...

The frosty feather pic is a keeper!

Book Dragon said...

love the ice crystals but they make me glad for Southern California weather

Lynne said...

Those Whistlers have a very good thing going on!

Michelle said...

That's a lot of ducks!

Margie said...

You ARE a sneaky Pete, and I really like the first pic of the feathers.

Brian King said...

Love the feather shot! That's pretty cool! I think you've created monsters...they may never leave. :-)

Pearl said...

Holy cow! THAT's where all the ducks go!

Pearl

Pearl said...

Holy cow! THAT's where all the ducks go!

Pearl

Pat Tillett said...

It seems that they've got you well trained! REALLY nice photos! You also got some nice reflections.

Anvilcloud said...

Do they ever quack?

Red said...

It looks like they know a good thing. They've found a plentiful source of food.

Gert said...

Wow how I love these photos! (I thought your comment about cockroach is so funny) I think you are so blessed to have them so close by!

Blessings,
Gert

Stephanie said...

Wow TexWisGirl! You certainly get your fair share of birds visiting you. I see the Whistlers are on a Monday. Love it! Great images and nice to see them again.

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Oh my! Too bad you can't charge them room and board.

Raggedy Creations said...

I love the second pictures.
Oh my you do have a gaggle don't you. Oh wait a minute...that's geese. Wonder what they call that many whistlers.

Larry Ostby said...

Love the ROACHES but my fave is the frost on the feather.

Angela said...

Oh my goodness! I never realized that you get that many at one time! I'd almost be scared of being attacked by them when I went out in the yard. They don't sound like I thought they would either.

Small City Scenes said...

My Lord that is a huge amount of Whistlers. How many do you think? I love that second pic. MB

The Queen Jester said...

I love your comparison of them to cockroaches - it's kind of eerie, but that's what it really looks like when they are all huddled close together like that.

krayolakris said...

Love the whistlers! but can't help thinking for one brief tiny moment of Hitchcock!!

Randy said...

It's a duck convention! Love that first shot.

Melissa said...

If I had all those Whistlers to look at out my window, I'd never get anything done! I really like the frosty feather photo.

Paul said...

I can see it now...

More Whistlers Monday.
Totally Whistlers Tuesday
Whistlers on Wednesday
Too many Whistlers Thursday
Feeding Whistlers Friday
Still more Whistlers Saturday
Showing Whistlers Sunday

Ha ha!

Real nice bunch of Whistler pictures too by the way!

Annette Mickelson said...

Cockroaches! You crack me up -- and, of course, I can see it. They DO look like cockroaches.

ladyfi said...

What a marvellous set of shots! Love the snowflakes on the feather!

Cloudia said...

they really DO whistle! You're kinda their mama



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

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A View From A Brown Dog said...

Wow there are so many! I love the 2nd photo and of course the video... So so good :)

Rita said...

They do seem to be multiplying--LOL! I LOVED hearing them chattering away. They do have a sweet rather un-duck-like sound to them. Thanks, Theresa! :)

Jo's World said...

What I am next expecting on your blog is a big circle of Whistlers surrounding your tubby little squirrel and all chowing down on your feed!

I hope the Whistlers don't hear the cockroach comment, they would be sooo offended.

Cheers!

Jo

Mandy Southgate said...

Gosh, they do look like cockroaches. A bit uncomfortable for me as I have a phobia of American house cockroaches. Never mind! I loved the ice crystals in that first photo - very nice capture and I loved the wider shots of the lake - it gave me a feeling of being in the wide outdoors.

Fjällripan said...

It must ber so wonderful to have these geese in your yard!! :))

Marie said...

They are just so marvelous! What a treat to see the pictures of so many! And I love the feather with the ice crystals. Just too neat!

Our photos said...

I love the photos and the video!!!

Midmarsh John said...

Always makes me smile when I see Whistlers line up on a fence.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That feather is amazing! The giant gang of ducks is a little more scary though!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Amazing images of the whistlers Tex.. It looks as though they breed there near your lake.!
I think i would be a little nervous with them sitting on my patio.
I do like them..but from a distance.
They really do whistle.

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Amazing images of the whistlers Tex.. It looks as though they breed there near your lake.!
I think i would be a little nervous with them sitting on my patio.
I do like them..but from a distance.
They really do whistle.

DeniseinVA said...

Very cool photos. Rush hour, Whistler style. One I wouldn't mind being caught up in I am quick to add.

Jeevan said...

Wow! They are lot this time... How beautiful perching on the fence, as well swam in water and gathering for lunch! I enjoy them active in video.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

That first shot is fantastic!

Karen S. said...

Fantastic cell phone shots, but the walking on the edge of the fencing, is just wonderful!

Lynda said...

There are definitely a BIG BUNCH of them!!! I, too, like the pic of them on the rails - - especially the first one.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Ewwww - cockroaches - no, no, no! They're much too cute! I love the capture of the frost!

barbara l. hale said...

Would you look at them?!! No wonder we couldn't find any when we were down there. They really are all in your backyard. Loved the video.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow do you ever have a flock of those cute clowns!

Wally Jones said...

You're gonna have 'em knocking on your door for breakfast pretty soon!

Great continuing series!

Terry and Linda said...

I love that first photo! I also enjoyed immensely hearing them talk and squabble!!! Fun for someone who never really gets to see or hear one except on your blog! :)

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Eva Ason said...

Wow there's so many of them birds, love the feathers with the frost crystals :)

Joe said...

Holy cow! You do have a pile of ducks.

Barb said...

Wow - a great frosty feather photo. You're running soup kitchen there on the ranch!

Elaine said...

Quite the flock you've got there!

Pallavi said...

Wow.. its like a convention of whistlers ! I love how they are hanging out together! :)

Helma said...


You've got a tremendous amount of ducks sitting in your garden!! How great is that garden does not love you!!?? Very nice to see though. The reflection of two photographs I love.

Liz said...

Oh wow! Are you sure you're not running a Whistler farm??

thirtysevenandcounting said...

"MOM"! We're HUNGRY! ;-)

What a great series! The frost crystals on the feather is such a pretty find. I love seeing the Whistlers lined up on the fence railing in the pond, and their reflection.

~Lindy

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