A Duck Who Touched Our Lives

One corner of the pond on my sister's property
One corner of the pond on my sister's property

Making Way For Our Guest

I recently moved from staying with my sister in Potts Camp, MS for a while, where she owns a house that sits on 10 beautiful acres and has a small pond out her back door. While the pond was really nice, some areas were pretty grown up and taken over by vines along two sides of it. While I was there, they decided to start clearing it off so that they could build up the levee this spring and stock it with catfish.

We worked for several days clearing off the vines and thinning out the trees to reveal a beautiful little pond that was now even more attractive to view. We finished on a Sunday afternoon and just stood back to admire the handywork.

Muskovy Duck

An excellent photo taken by my brother-in-law the morning he first appeared
An excellent photo taken by my brother-in-law the morning he first appeared
Close head shot taken by my brother-in-law, Jimmy Goss
Close head shot taken by my brother-in-law, Jimmy Goss

Our New Guest

My sister had lived there for four years and always said that she would love to have some ducks there but was afraid that her Golden Retriever, Lacy, would keep them chased away (if she didn't catch and eat them!). On Monday morning when we got up and walked outside, we saw a beautiful chocolate Muskovy Duck on the pond that came in overnight!

We were really excited to see him out there and he was gorgeous. We took some bread down to the pond and started throwing it into the water to help it become comfortable with our presence. What would come over the next few days would not only surprise but amaze us all!

More Muskovy Ducks

Photo courtesy of ellen3davis of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of ellen3davis of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of Rupa_Prasenjit of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of Rupa_Prasenjit of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of molly duker of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of molly duker of Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of E300DSLR from Flickr Photos
Photo courtesy of E300DSLR from Flickr Photos

Just Call Him a People Duck

If you aren't familiar with what a Muskovy Duck is, they are originally from Brazil and are the only duck that are not a breed of the Mallard. They are domestic ducks and this domestication has resulted in many different colors of the breed.

Now, when I say domestic, I don't just mean that he will eat from your hand! After a couple of days of feeding, he became very comfortable with this. By the end of the week, he was climbing the bank toward the back porch whenever we went outside. We fed him off the porch a few times and the next thing we know, he is on the porch looking through the glass of the french doors when we got out of bed in the mornings!

The more time that passed, the funnier this thing got. If you went outside, he would run to you like a puppy and just follow you all over the yard. When you left and drove back up he would come out to the vehicle to meet you and you even had to watch him when you got ready to leave because he would follow you to the vehicle and act as if he may get inside. We never gave him that chance to see if he would!

And the dogs? That thing would follow my Pug all over the place and Lacy had no effect on him at all when she barked so she finally just stopped barking at him. Before long, he was spending more time on the porch than in the pond. If he couldn't see anyone through the door, he would fly onto the porch railing and peep through the kitchen window until somebody came out to visit! This was really funny to all of us. That is, until we went out the back door and forgot to watch our step! It began to be a full time job cleaning off the porch every day!

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Apparently, he got the idea that maybe we had all abandoned him one weekend as my sister and brother-in-law had gone out of town for the weekend and Danny and I had just moved to our new home. When we went back to the house Sunday to pick up the last load to carry to the house, he was gone!

So far, he hasn't returned but I do have hopes that he will. Most people say that when they settle like that for a while, they usually return eventually and sometimes have a flock with them. While this would be fun to see, I really feel for my sister if they all decide to homestead on her back porch. I wish her lots of luck! I will, however be going to see this sight if he does return and take lots more pictures!

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Janet Jenson 8 years ago

This is a wonderful hub. I adore ducks and used to "swim" with them in the creek when I was 7 or 8 years old. It was love all the way around!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Janet,

Thanks for stopping by! We really had fun with this thing and I sort of hope he returns with friends! LOL

Bonnie


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Bonnie, this wonderful duck may be back again. Could have been that he found a great layover on whatever his migration route is or was.

It does not surprise me that the doggies were cordial to him. He's got ATTITUDE.

Your sister may find a duck family on her property soon, with dogs to protect them, and much duck poop to clean up.

Let us know what happens.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

I sure hope so, Sally! I know it would be a mess for her but I would love to see that happen for a short time at least! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bonnie


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ms kim 8 years ago from IL

How so very cool. No matter if he comes back (alone or with friends) or not you have wonderful memories of his visit. A friend of mine had a mama deer and her 2 little one grow up in his backyard last summer. He loved every min of it. Thanks for sharing, it's a wonderful story.

ms kim


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Hi, MsKim! Thanks for stopping by and I certainly agree. The memories are wonderful!

Bonnie


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Bonnie,

How sweet! I too am a duck lover, I think they are beautiful creatures. Every morning on my way into work I cut through a park, and it is filled with deer and Canadian geese. I think they are so magnificent! The deer are very 'car savvy',,,,when they see one approaching, they wait to see what you're going to do, and of course I always stop, and once they realize I'm not moving, they head across the roads. I know enough to wait, because there are usually stragglers that come out of the trees once they see their peers have made it across. It's the most pleasant part of my work day :)

Thanks for sharing,

Trish


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

Trish,

Thanks for stopping by. I agree that there is nothing more beautiful than watching nature and all its wonders. It is always amazing what you can see if you take the time to open your eyes and just watch!

Bonnie


tldevita 8 years ago

We feed and visit our Muskovy ducks twice a day in a nearby pond. Since mid February 14 out of 15 babies have survived in one litter. We think all the good feed and grain we give them has helped their survival rate, and our Golden Retriever Bear knows that the pond is their territory. When I see them waiting for my arrival every morning, so trusting and friendly, I think this is how it must be in heaven. They always remind me of the good things in our world, and how precious life really is. Thank you to Momma Girlfriend and Big Daddy Bird for sharing your beautiful family with us.


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States Author

tldevita,

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your story with us. It is wonderful how you feel when you take time to appreciate nature.

Bonnie

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