This Was Not How I Expected To End My Day

After a very long week away and an even longer 8 hour drive home, this happened. A neighbor spotted these two at the local playground (with pond) and they tried to follow him home. This was yesterday and he was worried. So, since my niece and I had been driving all day, we decided we could use a walk and went to see what we could see.

These two came right up to us. They were hungry, friendly and completely ill-equipped to survive on their own. I had brought cat food along (mine ate cat and dog food along with chicken feed for that well rounded diet, LOL – or just to annoy the four-footers in the family) and they took it right out of my hand.

The only thing I had to capture them with was a cooler a friend had lent me for the trip. Deciding I’d just buy her a new one, I corralled them (one in the grass, the other I had to snag from the water) and brought them home.

Their photo is now on the neighborhood lost and found website page and they are tucked away in the garage, with food, water, cilantro – a duck favorite. Bixby is beside himself with curiosity, but I don’t want to stress them, so he’s banned from the garage.

The good news, the excitement has tempered any disapproval from the dogs about my long absence. The bad news? I’m attached (I love ducks) but am in no position at the moment to add more critters to my menagerie. There may need to be an intervention.

I. am. exhausted.

Open thread!






110 replies
  1. 1
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Do you just happen to have duck kennels lying about in case of duck related emergencies?

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    @Omnes Omnibus: THAT is Bixby’s crate! Comes in handy for quarantining smaller critters.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    You are a wonderful human being, TaMara!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TaMara (HFG): That makes more sense.

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    Good on you! I’ve saved my share of critters but ducks are new. Awesome!

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    Mike J says:

    Anyone watching the USMNT?

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    NotMax says:

    Congrats, you’re now a motherducker.

    :)

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mike J: Moi.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    cilantro – a duck favorite.

    So you say, but I wonder whether 4-14% of ducks think cilantro tastes like soap?

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    jl says:

    Keep us posted on duck developments.

    But seems to me you are butting into Lady Cracker’s territory. All the creatures large and small emerge from the wilds and flock to her in this here blog.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @jl: Are you suggesting that Tamara combine the ducks with her food blogging?

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    trollhattan says:

    In a world (still) full of critters no critters are more amusing than ducks. Yous quack me up!

    Pac 12 fans may or may not approve.

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    Mike J says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Cilantro does taste like soap.

    I wonder if the ability to notice this is related to asparagus pee smell.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Wife told me tonight we’re going to Nantucket in September 2018, where a neighbor’s daughter is getting married. The bride-to-be actually works in Australia, so I’m guessing the groom-to-be has family on the island. Never been there, so plenty of time to work out the logistics.

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    EricNNY says:

    Someone dumped those two at the park.

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    NotMax says:

    @Mike J

    Amen. It has no business being anywhere near food.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mike J:

    Cilantro does taste like soap.

    Sayeth thou, you weirdly gened human.

    Never knew that about ducks and cilantro.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I’ll just park this here.

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    lamh36 says:

    I’m off to bed , but i had to post this before i do…

    Da “mooch” tweeted this:

    In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp Reince45

    folks were wondering why he CC Reince?

    Welp.. Ryan Lizza in response to that tweet…

    In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.
    https://twitter.com/ryanlizza/status/890411640881131521

    if the future of the country wasn’t at stake, km be happily sitting back and enjoying some popcorn right now

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @lamh36: He was in full on snitch mode.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Ducks! We have community ducks in my town. No one owns them, and I don’t think they could survive in the wild, but they make a living as aggressive panhandlers. Best of luck finding your feathered wards’ owner or a new home.

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    Mike J says:

    What the hell was that free kick, Clint?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @trollhattan: This Alumnus of Nike U approves!

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    jl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    ” Are you suggesting that Tamara combine the ducks with her food blogging? ”
    You are a bad person with a vicious imagination. I meant good luck finding the cute duckies a loving forever home.

    Where did you get such an idea? Or did I miss the posts where Lady Cracker takes the creatures, cute and vile, who flock to her from wilds, and then she chops them up and eats them?

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    rikyrah says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    I thought the same thing 😅😅😅

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    Fair Economist says:

    I taste that nasty flavor in cilantro, but I wouldn’t say it tastes like soap. You can’t really describe a flavor. It’s just yuck.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @jl: I needed some way of getting duck confit, pressed duck, etc., into the discussion.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @rikyrah: Great minds….

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mike J:

    Cilantro does taste like soap.

    It does to me, although I’ve learned to tolerate it in small doses.

    I wonder if the ability to notice this is related to asparagus pee smell.

    I don’t think so. 😂

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    lamh36 says:

    good night y’all we still got 2 more days of possibly more crazy trump news dumps before the weekend

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Major Major Major Major:

    Did anyone ever figure out what he meant by that?

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    jl says:

    @lamh36: Ha! See, I suggested Mooch be called the Joker because I think he looks like the Joker, and I predicted he would go full on Joker soon. And, behold! The process has begun. He’ll smear himself with clown make-up soon enough.
    These people are such complete loons.

    However, the Mooch/Joker does acknowledge that serious crimes should be reported to law enforcement. Might want to remind him of that tweet next time he is asked about the Russian election tampering investigation. And that one weird time the Trump campaign got an email offering help from the Russian government to win the election.

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    themann1086 says:

    I showed this post to my girlfriend because it made me think of her. Her immediate reaction: “I want ducks!”

    Sigh.

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    Mai.naem.mobile says:

    I was going to make a joke about ducks as food but didnt think it was appropriate. Should have guessed somebony here would go there.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Covfefe.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I needed some way of getting duck confit, pressed duck, etc., into the discussion.

    I was wondering if these ducks are Pekings or L’Oranges.

    ETA: I guess if they start quacking in Chinese or French, we will know.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Felonius Monk: We are, at some level, bad people. Or hungry.

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    jl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    ” I needed some way of getting duck confit, pressed duck, etc., into the discussion. ”

    A well-behaved boy who takes responsibility for himself would have just said “Hey Tamara, I think you should turn those animals into Peking Duck. That is good eating.”

    But you tried to lay it on a fellow BJ commenter.
    Fie, for shame. Time for some serious self-reflection in your room, young man. Get off my lawn you danged kids these days.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @jl:

    young man.

    Quoi?

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    satby says:

    Yeah, somebody probably dumped them, thinking they would survive in the wild after living as pets. God, people suck. Start googling to see if there are duck rescue groups reasonably close by to take them because I will bet $$ no one claims them.

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    @lamh36:
    I am utterly unsurprised. We are seeing court politics in its purest form, right here. And Skinny Matchstick is clumsy, obvious, and perfectly suited to Trump. He’s found a weak, vain king, has flattered his way into a trusted position, and is now going to poison Trump against his opposition one by one. I look forward to when he gets to Kushner.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Roasted with sauerkraut and spaetzle was always my favorite. Just saying ’cause Friday Night Food will be coming up in a few days.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Felonius Monk: Pressed.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Pressed.

    That’s a flat out canard.

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    NotMax says:

    @Felonious Monk

    If made into meatballs and then fried, would that be a croquette mallard?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Anthony Scaramucci‏Verified account
    In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @ FBI and the @ TheJusticeDept #swamp @ Reince45

    Ryan Lizza‏Verified account RyanLizza
    In case there’s any ambiguity in his tweet I can confirm that Scaramucci wants the FBI to investigate Reince for leaking.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @lamh36:

    Holy crap! The president’s Communications director wants the Chief of Staff to be investigated. This is beyond surreal.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @NotMax:

    would that be a croquette mallard?

    Sounds about right. What wine pairing would you recommend?

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    kindness says:

    Ducks have such nicer personalities than chickens. Not as good at laying eggs but a lot nicer to hang around.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @NotMax:

    Oh, my….

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): The CoS is a dunsel right now. He’s been gelded. He might as well leave. Mooch is the real CoS, the one engaging in the purge of the leakers.

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    JCJ says:

    When I was a little kid we had four ducklings and two goslings. Unfortunately a neighbor’s dog ripped the head off of one of the goslings. Anyway, I have loved ducks ever since. They were remarkably fun. They would follow me around and when I would quack (one of the ducks was a female mallard) they would come home. They liked lettuce quite a bit. The only problem was our yard was totally full of poop.

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    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    As there is no comma between info and which, it reads that the info constitutes or reveals a felony.

    Freudian slip?

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    That’s a flat out canard.

    I see what you did there.

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    CZanne says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I will help if you end up being their person. I cannot have them (Laf is chickens only) but I like ducks and seem to be hitting Lmont for expeditions more than Boulder or L’ville.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    The CoS is a dunsel right now. He’s been gelded. He might as well leave. Mooch is the real CoS,

    Mooch thinks he is and he may wind up there, but he’s an arrogant asshole who will soon get crosswise with both the Jarvankas and Orange Droolius. I give 6 months tops.

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    planetpundit says:

    Ducks are the best; try to keep them you’ll never regret it!

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    NotMax says:

    @Felonious Monk

    Pinot geesio, of course.

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    @jl: You need to check the onion on your belt, it’s getting a bit, eh, ripe.

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    @CZanne: I may need help finding them a home. I’m not kidding about getting attached, ducks are just….cool, funny and very smart. I miss having them. I was thinking of having chickens next spring – but I’m just not ready to fence off part of the yard and get them a coop…and take care of them.

    Right now Nora is giving me the stink eye, but Nick is all lovey-dovey.

    Oh, man, I’m a goner. Send help.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    @NotMax:

    Between your puns and punctuation knowledge (punuation?), may I ask, are/were you an English professor?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Felonius Monk: he’s an arrogant asshole who will soon get crosswise with both the Jarvankas and Orange Drools.

    How long do you think it will take one of them to figure out the de facto COS just invited the FBI to sniff around the White House? and which one will it be. Maybe Eric’s wife? You think Melania’s actually the string-puller, a la Lucille Bluth?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @NotMax: I would drive to your house and beat you silly, but I now have a horror of putting my new to me Saab into water.

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    Vhh says:

    @jl: A goal of stealth technology developmentwas to reduce the radar cross section of fighter planes to be equal to that of ducks. So someone did the measurement with actual ducks and published the paper in an IEEE journal. In the discusion, the author commented that the subjects voild be difficult to manage, and in extreme cases,revommende the m’ethods of Rombauer and Becker. The footnote cited the Joy of Cooking.

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    And to the rest of you…WE DO NOT EAT DUCK IN THIS HOUSEHOLD. I don’t even buy duck dog food because I always figured we’d have ducks again and I didn’t wan the dogs to get a taste for it.

    I know it’s irrational and I’m the worst omnivore ever.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: If he was a little bit older, he would have a white onion, not one of those stinky yellow ones.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I guess you won’t give me the ducks?

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    And to the rest of you…WE DO NOT EAT DUCK IN THIS HOUSEHOLD.

    But do you eat duck here or there? Do you eat duck anywhere?

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I now have a horror of putting my new to me Saab into water.

    I thought of you and your new ride the other day when I came across this.

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    Westyny says:

    @Mike in NC: I’m not sure thinking cilantro tastes like soap is an “ability.” Try using it in a peach salad!

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    NotMax says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while)

    Language maven and part-time imp. At times also labored in journalism as a reporter and editor and in the advertising biz. During my short stint teaching, taught history.

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    @Major Major Major Major: Correct, the white onions are far superior. I keep one on my belt.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    And to the rest of you…WE DO NOT EAT DUCK IN THIS HOUSEHOLD.

    Does this mean duck will never be on the Friday Night menu? But what about Duck Soup?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Felonius Monk: Cool song.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    Strange juxtaposition of stories on the NPR website: Ride at Ohio State Fair Kills One… Ohio Executes First Prisoner in Three Years.

    Are these related stories? The Roller Coaster of Doom? What the hell is going on in the Buckeye State?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: She had a good run. RIP.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    How long do you think it will take one of them to figure out the de facto COS just invited the FBI to sniff around

    Probably not until some reporter asks SandersHuck how Trump feels about it. Then it will dawn on these dimwits.

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    sukabi says:

    @jl: nah, he’s not about law & order except if he’s the ‘victim’, ie he’s embarrassed by the disclosure….and his job besides kissing drumpfs enormous ass was to get rid of Spicer and Preibus…so he’s almost there.

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    TS says:

    @lamh36: And a reply to RyanLizza

    Amy Sparks‏
    @MSMom_Blog
    Is there some sort of Cabinet Elimination Tournament bracket we’re supposed to fill out and turn in?

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @Yutsano:

    RIP Rocky

    I never realized she did Nell’s voice in the Dudley Doright ‘toons.

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    NotMax says:

    @Yutsano

    Sad news indeed. A star of dazzling brilliance in the entertainment constellation.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Felonius Monk: Not every hero goes about with a capon.

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    Yarrow says:

    Lucky duckies, being rescued by you.

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    West of the Rockies (been a while) says:

    Does anyone think Ivanka has an odd face? It’s utterly unlined, vapid, and blank. Looks like an automaton.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Cutting and botox has effects.

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    Yarrow says:

    @West of the Rockies (been a while): Yep. Plenty of outside architecting (as she’d say) to get her that face. Her blandly soulless voice is the perfect accompaniment.

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    CZanne says:

    @TaMara (HFG): okay, eyes open. L’ville allows them, but the person I’d recommend is a) at limit and b) had a really bad year. Boulder humane is the better option for resources. But with help, fence & shelter is possible and both are within my competencies. (Ducks may be like cats – you don’t pick them; their goddess assigns them to you when she feels you need the blessing.) my email in my profile is active.

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    Yutsano says:

    @NotMax: I knew she was big in the VA world but had no idea how much she influenced how Hollywood works today. And she even will have a posthumous project it seems.

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    jl says:

    @sukabi:

    ” and his job besides kissing drumpfs enormous ass was to get rid of Spicer and Preibus…so he’s almost there. ”

    Maybe not. Looks like the financial form that is a felony to leak is a public document.

    Victoria Guida
    2vtg2
    From the financial disclosure doc linked in @Woellert’s story: “This report may also be disclosed upon request to any requesting person.”
    https://twitter.com/vtg2/status/890415071557537794

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    jl says:

    @Yutsano: RIP the magical voice of Rocky. It is sad news, but she was 99. She was a great voice actress.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Hey Scar, the FBI needs to investigate lack of a comma in front of your which. Yeah, a which hunt!

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    trollhattan says:

    @jl:
    Hokey smokes!

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    trollhattan says:

    @O. Felix Culpa:
    Do you eat it in a box?

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    @lamh36: Not for leaking. For loving the president more than anyone else!

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @jl: Also Tweety Bird’s Granny.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @jl:
    @Viva BrisVegas:

    Also Lucifer, the evil cat in Disney’s “Cinderella.”

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Yutsano: She was not “the female Mel Blanc.” Mel Blanc was “the male June Foray.” This according to none other than Chuck Jones.

    A great, great talent.

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    Starfish says:

    I thought there were ducks at Lone Hawk Farm in Longmont. Cure Farm may have ducks too.

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    Gvg says:

    @jl: and he deleted the tweet after multiple commenters proved financial disclosures are public documents and posted the instructions for obtaining them. He claimed he did not try to get Priebus investigated, it was just all senior officials working together to stop leaks. Idiot.

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    Barbara says:

    @TaMara (HFG): My SIL has kept ducks and geese as pets. She lives in Virginia. I don’t know what her current flock consists of so she might not have capacity but I could ask. Her health likely prevents a complex pick up arrangement.

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    Sis says:

    Thank goodness they found you! And what a nice person you are to go to all this trouble for them. I hope someone didn’t just let them loose assuming that they could survive on their own after being pets.

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    Haroldo says:

    The duck on the left looks to be a Rouen (tho’ I’m not purely positive of that). We’ve a couple of females and one mightily horny male. They are pretty prolific layers, these females are All three live outside the very large run we’ve have had built for our geese and chickens, and at night when the chickens go into their house, the ducks happily waddle into the chicken daytime digs. This arrangement needs to be modified come winter – mightily horny drake can damage a hen very easily. Our goose is terrified of him.

    P.S. Trump, cronies, rusty rake slathered with ebola, etc.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    oh, TaMara, very late to this thread but thank you for the laugh – I was honestly expecting, from the title, this to be the chronicle of a new Cole adventure, but yours was wonderful!

    I wish I could take the ducks – love duck eggs, but I am way too far away from you, plus…Siberian Husky! Luna would likely look at these two and think…”lunch!”

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Also, weirdly, just found out that June Foray and I have the same birthday, *and* she was born in Springfield, MA, same as me! Hokey smokes!

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