Monday, November 21, 2011

Duckpdate - Fall Habitat

I haven't really been posting on the ducks because... the ducks are doing what they are supposed to do...growing up and moving on. But Sarge is hosting a Give Us the Bird posting contest this week and when Mabel Lou heard there may be foodables involved... well, she egged me on!

So, I thought I would post some duckling pics and tell you a few stories of the goings on at Dirty Creek this week. The biggest adjustment the not-so-little team had to make was the annual fall raping of their habitat. They are living in a flood control basin which is improperly controlled. As you can see in the photo below, all the tall reeds the ducks were living in are on the right are now trimmed to the ground!

Yet right across the water, where most of the flood waters actually go, the city did not cut or trim. Nor did they cut the tree that fell this year. It's all a bureaucratic mess! The Dept of Public Works blames Fish and Game who claim rare species in those waters. Yeah? Well if that's the case, why did you allow a five foot deep pond to fill up with sediment to maybe one foot deep???

The government agencies also blame the golf course, who - per their contract with said governing bodies - are supposed to maintain the trails and creeks. They've done such a crappy job that this week, another government agency is taking over. Grrrr. Don't get me started... back to my ducks...
Mallory Mallard enjoying her bath in my pool's waterfall while watching her ducklings.

I check on the ducks most evenings and I was there the very day the trimming was done. The ducks looked somewhat confused and mildly panic stricken. But this little team is tough. The next day, they seemed much calmer. In some ways, it's good the city no longer trims the area north of the pond...that's where predators must approach from! And I'm certain they make quite a ruckus going through the thick growth.

So the team made it through another hurdle.

If you would like to join Sarge's contest, be sure to check out his blog!


Scooter said...

Wow, those little duckies must be really hardy and tough! Good for them. Way to hang in thru all the govt fussing and fighting. Darn peeps messing up what nature does right. Anyway, cute pix of Ms Mallard and I think she's a very good mom. Thanks so much for pawticipating in my event and I have you entered in the big drawing!! :)
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Maggie Mae and Max said...

YaY fur da team! Happy Monday!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

rottrover said...

Go Team!!

-B & R

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

OMD, what furry sweet pictures :)

Unknown said...

I guess those ducklings are big birds now! Wonder whether they miss your pool and will visit you again one day. Just saying... : )