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Posted by WiseAcre on Apr 7th, 2011

deer today – duck tomorrow

Apr 7

I know it’s been a while since the last post. It may be a while longer before the next. A matter of life and death is keeping me occupied. Now that things are settling down somewhat I’ll be making an effort to post but I’m not promising anything.

There were more deer on the side of the road than the 11 in the photo. By the time I stopped the truck about half as many had disappeared into the brush.

roadside deer

The rest quickly followed.
Only the bravest of the group paused to glance back at me before they too vanished.


It’s been about a week since I took those photos. It seems so long ago. A lifetime in a way.

This morning I was standing on the back steps when I saw a pair of birds land in the trees. If I hadn’t noticed the movement I might easily have overlooked them sitting there.

wood duck in tree wood duck in tree

I couldn’t tell what they were until I doctored the photos. A little gamma correction brought out enough color and details to identify them as wood ducks. I was a bit surprised. I never before thought ducks perched in trees, somthing about webbed feet kept me from getting a firm grip on the idea.

wood duck in tree

I should mention – I’m fine.
It’s a close friend that’s approaching his end of days. Until then my home is his.

11 Responses

  1. Emma Springfield Says:

    Somehow I have a hard time visualizing those ducks in a tree. I am glad you have the photos to prove it. I certainly hope your friend has a peaceful departure if that is what is mean to be. In the meantime I will hold good thoughts for you both.

  2. Curbstone Valley Farm Says:

    Good grief, I thought we had a deer problem! Get catch with the wood ducks. I remember the first time I saw a great blue heron tree…that looked equally out of place perched in the branches. I wonder if the ducks were hiding from something?

    I do wish both you and your friend much peace and comfort in the coming days. It’s more important to be with him, than worry about posting. We’ll be here when you return.

  3. Elephant's Eye Says:

    May your home be peaceful in the time ahead.

  4. Marguerite Says:

    Very sorry to hear about your friend. I was very excited to see your wood ducks. They nest in the hollows of trees, perhaps they’ve found a tree they like?

  5. sharkbytes Says:

    Oh, so sorry about your friend. But I think the wood ducks are the only ducks that sit in trees. Wow. I actually knew something before you. I guessed them just from the ducky silhouette.

    Take care.

  6. Becky Says:

    I’ve had my eye on some wood ducks and mergansers near here. They all nest in tree cavities near the water. Is this tree close to water? I will hope for some duck family photos in the future. In the meantime caring comes first.

  7. Louise Says:

    I’m glad that you added that you were OK, though, I am very sorry to hear about your friend. May the strength of your friendship buoy you both in these coming days.

  8. Donna Says:

    I never saw a duck in a tree either. When I saw my first turkey in a tree at the farm I was surprised. I heard wood ducks at the farm on Saturday and my friend built a nesting box for the wood ducks, but he did not tell me they nest in trees and he would know too.

  9. Laura Says:

    is that you John?
    It’s Laura from The Plantage….hope you are doing well.
    sorry to learn of your friend.
    be well.

  10. Carolyn Says:

    Just came upon this, sending warm thoughts to you and your friend.

  11. Louise Says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking of you and your friend. Miss your sometimes wise a$$ remarks and hope that things are turning a good corner for you.