Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Whistlers on Wednesday 115

A Whistler mishmash today.

The 'herd' waiting for afternoon feeding time.

One day I heard the 'pitter patter of little duck feet' on the roof, so I went upstairs to the loft and looked out the window.
 Ducks on the roof, on the deck railings, in the tree, along the pond.
There are two on the house roof; others on the deck railings.

Sitting all over the tree, along the pond, on the deck railings and bench.
 I went back downstairs and looked out the sliding glass door area to the deck.
 A bunch all across the lawn, too. Some days they really do take over this place.
 Goofy ducks!
On a different day, they were walking all over the deck. Yes, I believe they'd come right in the house if I left the door open.
 Here they are perching at the back side of the pond.
And along the fence panels that lead down into the pond at the side.

And just to prove that Whistlers really WILL perch on anything, here's the barbed wire fence line we had added across the top side of the pond (to keep the horses from wading across to the yard at that end).

 There's two balancing on the top line this time.
They usually can't balance too long before they need to move, but still, those big, rubbery feet on barbed wire! Eek!
 Here's a more relaxed pose to end this post.
Ahhh... Much better!

117 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...this is quite a family you've created!! And they bring their kin to visit.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Love the picture of the herd. Wow, I had no idea there were that many! Neat post. John

Georgette Sullins said...

Word is gotten out there's a place to visit in TX where...

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

They KNOW where the goods are!! LOL! OUCH for those tiny pink feet on the barbed wire! Looks like they figured out how to avoid the barbs though! So CUTE! blessings ~ tanna

Dianna said...

They sure keep you (and us!) entertained!
And, about them coming inside if you were to leave the door open, our mallards DO come in the garage sometime!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute! You better keep your windows and doors shut.

DJan said...

They do seem like they take over the place sometimes, but they're so CUTE! :-)

Linda Kay said...

Oh, my that is a lot of ducks, for sure. Maybe you are spoiling them just a little?

Kovács Miklós said...

Oh my God! You live such beautiful place? I'm a very big fan of birds and seems this is Canaan for such people like me :)
Have a great day

eileeninmd said...

I think your place is now called the Whistling Duck Ranch. I love the herd shot. And wow, they are all over your place..You are so nice to keep them well fed too. Do the dogs spook them?
Enjoy your day!

Sandra said...

I have a call into Alfred Hitchcock to see if he wants to use your ranch for a new Bird Movie... The Whistlers comes to mind. i don't see how they balance on that wire fence.

Jo said...

OMW. Theresa, what a herd of Whistlers! I've posted for Good Fences but will be away tomorrow. Please could you link up for me? Thanks Jo

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Wow, they're EVERYWHERE! What a great, personal nature preserve you have! :)

Lindy

Birdman said...

But now the BIG question for me... do they 'mess-up'?
If so I would not be to excited about cleaning up after their visits to my deck area.
Gotta LOVE 'em, I guess.

Marit Sønstebø said...

You must keep the windows shut, or else they will go inside ;) They are so beautiful!

Giga said...

You had the duck on all sides, they besieged even you. Regards.

DIMI said...

OMG Tex!!So many Whistling ducks in your house!!It must be fun watching them and feeding them!!Love those ducks!
Dimi...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

"FEED US, TWG!"

*Alfred Hitchcock music*
~

Randy said...

Wow, you have your own little tribe there. How fun.

Gail said...

Will they go on strike if there's no feed?

Great pictures.

Molly TheWally said...

It is an invasion LOL. Bet they would come inside if the door was open. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

LV said...

It appears you were being invaded by ducks that day. Never saw so many and so brave.

Irma said...

These are really a lot of Whistlers.
And they are everywhere.
Best regards, Irma

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!! an invasion of Whistlers, that is a lot of ducks in a row everywhere. Blessings Francine.

Melissa said...

Yes you need to be careful, because it does look like they could take over someday!

William Kendall said...

It's like something out of The Birds... at least without the birds becoming a hazardous menace.

Leovi Leovi said...

Beautiful photos! Wonderful Ducks!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, you do have quite a family!! I love them -- but on the pond not in your bed!!!

carolann said...

I think that is just a little to close for my comfort. That many.

As they will leave there droppings on your deck and then who has to clean it up.

Oh wow. In the summer as you sit out. They may become too friendly.

I had a duck many years ago.

Fly out of the tree to my feet.

He got overly friendly then his pal came and landed as well.

I had that with the squirrels. And the grey squirrel and the red one Chased my friends and nipped them in the ankles.

Oh be careful.


nookworm said...

Duck! Duck! It's a takeover!

Karen S. said...

How adorable, the troops are coming! They sure know where the good stuff is! We're headed home Mom! Hehehe!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No one can say they do not know how to make themselves at home...

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

There are plenty.
Ducks are everywhere.
Great pictures.
Greetings from Polish.
Lucia

Farm Girl said...

Such silly ducks, I do think they would come in your house too. Gosh there are so many now.

don said...

It is amazing how many Whistlers have stayed around your place. They like the feed and you have all of the wonderful places to perch including some that require a difficult balancing act.

Marie said...

They just own your place, don't they!? :-) They decorate the entire yard! Must be fun to have them around.

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

I can see a sequel to Hitchcock's Birds in the making here.

sarala said...

Very cool photos! I don't know these particular ducks but then I don't know your region at all. Have a great Wednesday.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Looks like a large flock has landed and foraging for food & cooling off in the pond.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

I'm afraid I have to tell you, your house is no longer yours :D
Don't they have any nerves in their feet? That MUST hurt sitting on barbed wire...
Love the last one! :))
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

Debbie said...

awwww, they have taken over!! looks like someone filled their belly and needed a nap!!

reminds me of chuck!!!!

Julia said...

Oh my goodness, they've taken over the place. You are feeding them too well. They are multiplying at an alarming rate. The feed store will love you.
Hugs,
JB

joeh said...

If you feed them, they will come.

Margaret Adamson said...

You have those ducks spoiled and why not! Love the last sho

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh they are taking over; incredible! You are so darn lucky (but don't leave the door open; that would not be pretty!)

Stephanie said...

Wow, looks like a big population of Whistlers. Great series of images!

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm cringing at the thought of rubbery feet on barbed wire.

Nancy J said...

Coming closer, they are not afraid at all, and on barbed wire, maybe the underside is tougher than we think. Super series.

Mama Zen said...

Pretty soon they'll take over the house!

Breathtaking said...

Absolutely priceless pictures. How I would love to see that view fom our pateo windows.

Ela said...

Invasion of the ducks :)
Lovely photos :)

Terry and Linda said...

I'm sorry I had to laugh...that IS A HERD!!!

Linda ❤⊱彡
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Rose said...

Oh, I so LOVE, LOVE this post...I am amazed that they don't trip you when you try to put out the feed.

Miss Val's Creations said...

That's quite a party they are having!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fab!!!. . It´s absolutely fantastic to live in the middle of nature.. BTW lovely ducks.. :-)))

Bob Bushell said...

Whistlers, you really love Theresa?:

Fjällripan said...

Haha they really are everywhere!! :))

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Barbed wire?? Your roof must be such a relief!

Ms. A said...

It amazes me that those duck feet can perch on the barbed wire! Are you ever overwhelmed with poop? Our pool deck is frequently hit, so I can't imagine what it's like around your place.

RedPat said...

Crazy creatures!

Larry Ostby said...

A dastardly deluge of daring darling ducks. Dominating all of your free space. Awesome.

Robin Lamb said...

T, Wow, you ain't kidding when you say "herd!" They sure know a good thing when they see it or sit on it or perch on it, or balance on it, or swim in it, or...

Adam Tilt said...

These little dudes make me smile every time I see them.

Gosia k said...

You are a rich woman having that big herd

Marissa said...

Sweet ducks...

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Just came back around to tell you, the Mallards are back feeding in our yard this afternoon. :-) We have 6 of them out there right now. It is bitterly cold and windy. As soon as they leave, I'm going back out to put out more scratch grains as they will, no doubt, be bringing the rest of the family by for dinner. (Going to be terribly cold through Friday.)

Lindy

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like they have you surrounded, but that barbed wire sure doesn't look very comfortable!

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, that's a lot of ducks you got there. My daughter would love that, she adores ducks.

June Caedmon said...

What a riot! I still remember the first time I saw those pink legs perched on a tree limb. I knew it was something special, lol!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Looks to me like you have Whistler overload at your place.

Our photos said...

Nice series. Looks like a real invasion !

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful birds to see....

Lynn said...

Why did the movie The Birds come to mind??? They're coming to get you:@)

Michelle said...

That is quite a herd!!!!

Sandi said...

I love how they landed on your deck for a visit. You must be pretty terrific to have bird friends. :)

Brian King said...

They'd be great actors for a remake of "The Birds", but they'd never scare anybody! The perching part they've mastered! :-)

A Quiet Corner said...

Apparently the word has spread, and spread, and spread!!!...:)JP

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Wow! looks like an invasion!

Pom Pom said...

I honestly did not realize how many of them there are! Wow! It IS a herd!

Lois said...

Herd is a great way to describe them! I would love having them around. You are so fortunate!

bailey-road.com said...

It's Hitchcockian!

Lois Evensen said...

They surely love all the attention (and snacks) you give to them! :)

Felicia said...

Yep think you have yourself some permanent whistlers.

Paula said...

I expect to see them sunbathing with you on your deck any day now.

Cloudia said...

Neat!





ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Red said...

That's quite a crowd of moochers. Yes, by all means, don't leave your door open.

Small City Scenes said...

Weird and wild Whistlers.
Um--by the by--who cleans up after these large darlins'?
MB

KB Bear said...

What do they do if you go out of town. Feeding time must be a big disappointment!

I'm amazed that your dogs don't bark at them and drive them away!

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Wow! So many of them. It must get really loud in your yard when they all start up.

Gillian Olson said...

There are dozens of them and they seem to be right at home,

Chandra Eswaran said...

This is like a sanctuary for Whistlers. I didn't know you had this big a herd. Good Karma!
Have a Beautiful Day, Theresa.
Peace :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, they sure come begging for food, sooner or more! Just like pets they behave and are not shy of their human parent that generously feeds them.
Hugs,
Mariette

DeniseinVA said...

They are so darn cute. Loved the view of the ones of your roof.

Derek said...

Great photos. I love the goofy ducks and the perching shots.

We use barbed wire too. I hate it but it's pretty much all that's available here (everyone uses it) if you don't want to build a wooden fence or a wall.


Have a great day.

Susan said...

Oooh ouch, those tender (?) feet on the barb wire!! Aren't they toughies.

I do think, as you say, that one day you'll find them all lined up inside lol :D)

They're a lovely treat to see!!

Linda said...

They act like they own the place.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; OMG!!! 'Pitter Patter' was it☆☆☆ What a GREAT number and what a GREAT (or wonderful) life you have with them. No wonder you have 'Whistlers on Wednesday' :-) I LOVE the way you close this post, so sweet♡♡♡

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Rita said...

You have created a thousand hungry winged monsters--LOL! ;)

Linda R said...

Thats a whole lota ducky's you have there. I bet they are fun to watch.

Hugs~

Paul said...

That's quite the crew you have there, talk about making themselves at home!

Atlas said...

Wow! So many graceful, beautiful birds. So a joy to have nature that close to your house I am sure.

Ratty said...

That would be cool to have all those ducks outside the house. The closest I get to that is hearing geese off in the distance.

Stewart M said...

That is a LOT of ducks!!

Wonderful.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Handmade in Israel said...

Fabulous! Your duck photos just make me so happy! Go on - let them in to your home ;-)

Kristina Eriksson said...

So nice pictures! Have a good weekend

Halcyon said...

Looks like you've been invaded!

Frank said...

How cool is that .. an invasion of Whistlers.

Gert said...

Oh my goodness sakes! What's that saying? "Their everywhere..their everywhere!" Lol

Mary Cromer said...

Oh these guys do love you! We are in such a bad state of emergency here in KY. Had to postpone my journey for a week. Just now having time to keep fingers warm enough to get on and type. Your weather looks so delightful, and those Ducks just always bring me happy smiles~

Betty Manousos said...

an invasion of whistlers! gosh, i loved seeing so many ducks!

Hilary said...

Oh I don't doubt they'd come right inside, open your fridge and make themselves quite comfortable.
If you tossed a couple of magazines out on your deck, you'd surely find them lounging and reading all the latest duck gossip. I'll bet they're fans of Duck Dynasty..

Mari said...

They're really funny. One day they'll come knocking at your glass door :) or you'll see them in your kitchen if you do leave the door open.

Kathy said...

Somebody could write a sci-fi story about you and your ducks! Potential title: The Invasion of the Whistlers.

pattisjarrett said...

Word has definitely spread about your place! I'm always amazed at their ability to perch wherever they please. Had to laugh at the pitter patter of little duck feet on the roof.

Indrani said...

I always envy what a wonderful photo opportunity for you!
Great pics.

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

Tex, that is a whole lot of Whistlers!

Black Jack's Carol said...

What a view from your deck! No way to ever tire of the color and life at your fingertips.. well, eyetips :)

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