More than 200 waterfowl spend January and February on the old stockponds at Coldwater Farm. Daily, I scatter six pounds of rolled corn on the causeway between two of the ponds. Most of the ducks in the photographs below are mallards, but a few coots, ruddy ducks, pintails, ringnecks, and widgeons are present. Wood ducks came earlier but moved on.
Ducks are not a serene species. Furious battles and outbursts of quacks occur day and night. When it is quiet down at the ponds I know the ducks have fled a predator or a two-legged marauder.
The ducks look forward to the daily corn delivery. If I miss a day, they come to the backyard where they mill around clucking, quacking, and gleaning songbird feed. When I come out, they lead the way back to the pond, confident that the corn is coming. (UPCSWEBMSB68).