Although we haven't seen any snowflakes here this winter, we did get plenty of hard freezes. After several days in December below freezing, the pond was getting some ice on it.
Feeding these cute little guys in such large numbers made for some messes when the weather got sloppy.
Looks like a sod football field!
Since they were eating so much scratch feed (especially during the freezes), I tried switching to a slightly cheaper pelleted feed. Well, on wet days, that quickly disintegrated into mush on the ground. Plus, Louise discovered she had quite a taste for it, too.
So I thought maybe I could get the Whistlers to eat from a ground platter, like civilized ducks. I mixed up some scratch feed and pellets and put it in the same type of platter they've been landing on and eating from for months atop the Folger's coffee can on the bird bath pedestal.
They thought it was going to eat them.
It took a few brave ducks to dip their bills before the others figured out it would be okay to eat.
Bubba squirrel decided platter eating would suit him just fine, too.
The ducks reclaimed the food after he was done.
The pellet food was soon becoming like slopping the hogs.
I quickly went back to feeding only scratch feed, again (a mix of cracked corn and other seeds).