Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Whistlers on Wednesday 106

For those of you wondering if we have Whistlers hanging around this winter, yes, we do. For a couple of weeks in November, it looked like they might have gone south. But since then, we've kept about 100 here most days, squabbling, hanging around the yard and pond all day, eating whatever bird seed they can get to and whatever scratch feed I scatter for them.
 
They fly off each evening - to a lake a few miles southeast of here, I think. But every morning at day break, they begin arriving in smaller flocks, congregating around the pond and generally making a cacophony of whistles as they mix together and wait for the feed they know I'll lay out.

This Green Heron is wondering what happened to his nice, quiet morning fishing spot after an influx of Whistling Ducks.
Shooting through the deck railings.

They'll have territorial dust-ups and squabbles. They'll form cliques along the pond's edge, in trees, and on the lawn. They'll come up to the bird feeder area over and over again, collecting whatever seeds fall from woodpeckers and squirrels foraging from the tube feeders.

 Daily hijinks at Run*A*Around...
A couple of short videos so you can watch their mixing and milling. The first was shot from inside the house, but you can still see and hear them whistling and squabbling as they seek out scratch feed.
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The second very quick clip is from one afternoon as some were waiting for me to walk back from the barn to give them their late-day feeding (and they flew off as BB came too close).
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(I shot these with my cell phone and uploaded them directly to this post. I've tried going through YouTube but the video seems to get distorted so I hope you're able to play them as is.)

121 comments:

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Brilliant videos.. the first i couldnt hear..but the second I could.
You have so many there Tex.
Your weather is mild, like ours here at the moment. They seem to be very happy.
A great view from you deck..seeing them all flying and tittering about.
love these Whistlers on Wednesday.
Happy week Teresa..
val xxx

Deb said...

I love your whistlers always make me smile

MarmePurl said...

So fascinating to watch and study. Happy Wednesday!

Mersad said...

I like your little videos. Your scenery is so peaceful and beautiful.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Molly TheWally said...

Poor Mr Heron is morning peace and quiet has truly been shattered. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

georgettesullins said...

I love the routine, the expectancy of their arrival, getting to know them. Who knows where winged creatures come and go. Very interesting photostory.

Gert said...

Oh Teresa I'm so glad they came back after your cold spell. They are so entertaining for you as well as for all of us. (Not so much the Blue Herring...lol)

Blessings to your day,
Gert

Jo said...

Good videos. Clever to upload them directly. I also only heard the second one. Great post as always. Jo

MarkD60 said...

The Whistlers always go south. If you see them in the winter, it's because you're south too!

Sandra said...

they played just fine and i could hear all that whistling... they are smart, they know where the best duck buffet in Texas is....

Karen Schurr said...

It seems like it would be to waking up to a party every morning :) How fun.

When we lived in Ohio, we have to deal with great flocks of Canadian Geese a couple of times during the year. "deal" because they would occupy the road to town that ran between the corn field and the pond, and it took FOREVER for every one to waddle across the road in one direction or another whenever a car/truck/school bus/ambulance needed to pass through.....the only road into town LOL.

William Kendall said...

The Whistlers know they've got good feed at your ranch!

DJan said...

The videos work just fine. I thought they always migrated, until last year when I started reading about your little family that decided to get started late. Or was it the year before? Time sure flies. :-)

Handmade in Israel said...

Absolutely stunning! I love that you go out to feed them :)

Anvilcloud said...

So, they're no longer just fair-weather, feathered friends.

Pom Pom said...

The Whistlers certainly like their life at Run Around! I couldn't play the videos on my phone but I'll try again when I'm at my desk.

Cattails said...

Awesome photos and videos. Trixie cat was in my lap when I clicked play - you should have see her!!!

Linda Kay said...

Thanks for the video....I've never seen these ducks (I don't think), and it was fun to hear them. That's a lot of ducks, by the way. No wonder you have picture opportunities.

Jacquelineand.... said...

They know how to appreciate a good thing!

Willow said...

Glad I made it to
Whistlers on Wednesday this week . I love the lively little buggers ,
they are quite spry aren't they.
Enjoyed seeing them bee bop around in the video :)

magnoliasntea said...

Great photos, and I enjoyed to videos. Lovely ducks and ranch. :)

messymimi said...

They know where their friends are!

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of the Whistlers, there are a lot together.
The videos were good to see.
Best regards, Irma

joeh said...

I'd stick around too for easy feed.

leofotos said...

Mooie serie van deze fluiters.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Thanks for the photos and especially for
the videos - now I know what they sound like :)
【ツ】Knipsa

thepoodleanddogblog said...

Watching their social behavior sounds like fun. Sort of like watching junior high kids.

Bethany Carson said...

Enjoyed the videos!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Lovely video! You have a lot of birds in your area :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

100 stayed over?!? That's quite a flock!

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Very nice post ... the videos worked perfectly. Sounds like a nature preserve ... cool. Do you think the ducks would come around the pond anyway even if you didn't feed them? Or just stay at the Lake? John

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Wow! The whole gang hanged around!

Gosia k said...

nice to see how it looks like winter in your place'

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

I am so happy they have stayed with you!

Debbie said...

I don't care for that "clicky"/bully stuff....but I am glad they stay-over for winter!! both videos worked and I enjoyed them. I liked one a few years ago that had more "noise/squabbling" in it!! nice shots!!!

Stephanie said...

Glad to see that they still visit you. Could not view the videos. I will check later today.

don said...

I'm glad they are staying around as long as the scratch feed holds out! I really enjoyed getting to hear they distinctive sound.

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

I do believe you have spoiled them. I like the videos of them for it is difficult to imagine them making the sounds they do when you have it in your mind a bunch of quacking.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love the sound, great!!! wonderful pond shots, Francine.

EG CameraGirl said...

That's a LOT of ducks to feed every day...but they sure are cute!

DIMI said...

Adorable critters the whistlers ducks!
I really enjoyed both videos Tex!
Love seeing them !!Great shots!
Dimi...

Terry and Linda said...

I love listening to them. It's music...real music!

Linda
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Bob Bushell said...

I love the video, really cool.

Ms. A said...

You are so fortunate to have these hang around, although I'm sure it keeps your feed bill elevated.

Karen S. said...

These lovely creatures, know how to live. Must learn their secret to life!

Sylvia K said...

I do love your Whistlers and I do look forward to Wednesdays!!!

Halcyon said...

I can't imagine there are any in the south! They all seem to have stopped at your place.

HighPlainsFlyFisher said...

Sounds like they've got things figured out...show up for the daily free meals and then head on over to the safety of a bigger lake for the night. My guess is that you've made some friends for life , the Run A Round Ranch is now an annual stopover for hungry Whistlers!!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm on my phone and it won't let me watch the videos so will watch later. I am amazed at the number that stayed! The Green Heron probably is wondering what happened to his ranch. lol

Gillian Olson said...

Love the Whistlers and their antics. I can't see the videos, will try again from different computer.
Lol

Nancy J said...

They do know where to come, and the video shows just how they do whistle, interesting that they have a night and morning schedule!! Jean.

Paula said...

Oh yes I can hear them, so neat. I guess the Heron wishes they would go elsewhere.

Red said...

It looks like they stay in family groups.

RedPat said...

I was wondering if they were back! They are really loud, Tex!

Ela said...

I love watching them. Fantastic photos and videos !
I see you have a lot of ducks to feed !

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Tex, I love your duck.
All pictures are fantastic.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I so enjoyed this!!! Not only the photos and videos...but your wonderful, colorful narration. The more said about your photos the more interesting the post. Of course, the whistlers have such awesome character.

Rory Bore said...

my kids are begging me to go feed some birds or ducks. But I think most ducks have long left our area by now. hopefully I kind find a place where winter birds are gathered and people are feeding them.

Ruth Hiebert said...

With that many ducks and all the other birds you have,you must go through a lot of food for them.

Robin Lamb said...

T, that's great! They sure have you well trained!

Ian H said...

How come your pond isn't white?

Giga said...

A lot of you have to feed the birds. Regards.

DeniseinVA said...

Sweet as ever I see :)

Small City Scenes said...

There sure are a lot of them. They must be fun to watch or do you get tired of them? MB

nookworm said...

Busy running' around at the ranch of good feedin'!

Sally Crowe said...

Never a dull moment at your place, T. I'm glad you share. :)

bas said...

Er is altijd wel wat te beleven in en rond de vijver.

Susan said...

I do love the Whistlers. Thanks for sharing your videos too. I was interested in the two distinct sounds they make... in the first one the 'witterings' as they go about feeding and pecking around and then in the second quite different .. annoyed at BB's disturbance. Ha ha, well it's BB's home too! :D)

Lynn said...

I'll bet all those paddling feet do scare all the fish away! :@)

Revrunner said...

Good to know the gang's all there. :-)

Jeanne said...

Never a dull moment.

Marie Flutterby said...

What a delight to have such cuteness in your own back yard, beautiful captures. =0)

Miss Val's Creations said...

Such lucky whistlers having a great home that they don't want to leave. :)

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a great crowd!
~

Stephen Hayes said...

It must be hard for that heron to catch anything with all that whistling going on.

Felicia said...

You have them so spoiled :>). great videos.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Oh, how wonderful you can upload the video. I'm SO happy to have the glimpse of your birds in action and hear the cacophony of them (thanks of the word,haha)
Yes, LUCKY whistlers♪♪♪
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

bailey-road.com said...

Glad you included the videos so we could hear these beauties as well as see them. Quite a crowd you've got there.

theflutteringleaf said...

They are lucky to have you around to feed them, poor Heron, no more peace for him.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, I can not imagine ducks hanging out in clicks.. I love their cute sounds. Wonderful series of photos. I had no trouble at all watching the videos.. Thanks for sharing these cuties..

Leovi Leovi said...

Nice photos, I love

Our photos said...

Very nice ! The Heron looks disturbed and thinking 'what's next' :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

They certainly know a good hangout don't they? The videos were cool to see!!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Thanks for letting us know you still have these cuties around. Whistling Ducks are fabulous! I so look forward to reading your Wednesday series! Keep it up. Nice photographs along with fun captions. Have a really great Thursday tomorrow!

Munir said...

I was missing these guys. I am glad that they are back.
Great job with the videos too:)

Buttons said...

Evening Tex oh great shots.LOVE the Whistlers:) Hug B

Brian King said...

That's like having a bunch of noisy college kids move in next door! :-)

Terri Buster said...

I'm pretty sure they have all adopted you! I so love seeing your whistlers!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

The Whistlers need to learn to use their "inside voice"! haha! Your videos turned out well, coming from your cell phone.

Lindy

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

They're a boisterous bunch!

Michelle said...

I confess that I would love to have some of these hanging around the farmette.

KB Bear said...

The "Whistler Diner" is open!

Randy said...

Looks like a nice day for a swim.

Gail Dixon said...

The Whistlers have staked their claim, lol! I love these guys and their comical ways. You are so blessed to have them. The Green Heron, not so much.

S. J. Qualls said...

I was envying you, to have so much to watch and shoot. Goodness the noise! Every day, you say? Mercy!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

You are the Whistler lady for sure. Love that you have so many coming to hang out still. Duke and I enjoyed the videos. his ears went right up.

Atlas said...

You always make me jealous. I wish I could look out into my yard and see such beautiful nature. Someday perhaps, thanks for sharing.

Jimmy said...

Very nice view, you just have to love this.

Chandra said...

I like looking at these photos of nature.
They help me relax and forget about things for a bit.
So, thanks for making our days relaxing.

Have a Beautiful Day!

Peace :)

randy said...

Hi, very interesting post thanks for sharing. Can I contact your through your email. Thanks!

Randy
randydavis387 at gmail.com

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Incredible how they kind of get tamed, or better said: programmed for showing up for breakfast. Nice though that they clean up after the squirrels and woodpeckers!
Hugs,
Mariette

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Lovely shots...looking at your post always makes me happy :)

Paul said...

Gotta give these Whistlers credit... They know a good situation when they find it!

I like that you added a couple of videos to today's post.

SweetMarie said...

love the videos! you have such a good heart!

Mary Kirkland said...

Such cute videos. Love the birds they are so cute.

Margaret Adamson said...

I didn't realise you had over 100 of these duck on your property. It must cost a fortune to feed them but I am sure they appreciate it. Liked seeing them on your videos

Jo said...

Hi Theresa, somehow I've lost the link to your Good Fences. Please help! Jo

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Mary Cromer said...

Hmm, wonder if your feathered friends would enjoy popped corn...that might be a nice Christmas treat for them to have~

A Quiet Corner said...

They do get worked up, don't they?!? And that Heron wanted some peace and quiet....can you put in another pond for Christmas?...:)JP

Jeevan said...

The videos make feel the ambiance... wonderful how the flocks take off together. Interesting photos framed through the railings

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Great shots and video. Thanks for sharing. So interesting!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Theresa, I was able to play both videos. Love the ducks and your dogs. I have a chocolate lab and she does not chase birds anymore, in fact once she came up to a baby and she put her nose up to it's beak and gave it a little lick.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Their chatter seems so 'un-duck' like, I'd expect a much smaller bird, poor heron.

Black Jack's Carol said...

The videos were great! I was just wishing I could hear their whistles and then, my wish was granted :) Thanks, Theresa!

Rita said...

Yes, the videos played. I love to hear them, even though you might get sick of them every day. Even when they are squabbling they have a happy sound. :)

Michael Manning said...

The videos sounded great, and this is the first time I've heard the Whistlers!

Lynne said...

No doubt about it. The Whistler's love the TexWis Estate!

Midmarsh John said...

That was great to be able to hear what they sound like.

Helma said...

Lovely to see my favorites ducks:-)))))))

pattisjarrett said...

They do make a good bit of noise! Reminds me of the flock of starlings that arrived this afternoon. They descended upon the neighbor's berry-bearing evergreen. I was able to hear sound on both videos.

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