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November 21, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Not the Bitter End

Trips during a new relationship are tricky. It’s the see level of expectations.

Mallard drake trying to interest his love interest in floating perch. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted.

“Dude, you said ‘Fly south with me, Babe, and I’ll take you to paradise.’ This does not qualify  as desirable waterfront property – not even close to that promise of a private island.” ©

mallard duck on floating trash. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

“Wait, Babe. Visualize the potential. Ever watch HGTV’s House Hunters or Homes Afloat? Location. Location. Location. Flip it and then we can duck out towards Bitter .©

Better ending at Bitter:

Birds of a feather can flock together…we’ll use your credit card, OK?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Not enthusiastic about a holiday sail of “Learn to work the lines and winches (Spelling is important) or walk the plank, Matey”? Chart some mystery later this week.

Two small floating flocks of ducks sheltering by bulkhead NO permissions granted. COPY RIGHTED. ALL rights reserved

Riding in on the strong front’s chilly blast, winter residents are arriving. Strangely humanlike, the established local flocks complain loudly about sharing watering holes and refuse to mingle with the newcomers…except there’s always at least one flighty teenager who totally ignores parents. ©






  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 21 2016 7:23 am

    seems human males and duck boys have something in common with their promises :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 21 2016 7:38 am

      They are always floating stuff out to see if it will sink or swim.Thanks for dog paddling over with a comment


  2. Littlesundog / Nov 21 2016 8:47 am

    Ha ha ha!! Just what I needed – a good duck conversation chuckle. Terrible though, isn’t it? About the floating trash. Taking my nephew fishing this summer made me realize what a trashy population we are. Beautiful landscapes in the Wichita Mountains, but if one looks closely – like right at your feet, it’s really sad what people leave behind.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 22 2016 7:03 am

      We can’t decide it that is the lid of a boat’s compartment/container or some fisherman’s cooler top, but the ducks enjoyed the floating island for a bit. The current has taken it elsewhere…down the channel, out the bay, and off to Cuba perhaps. Just about anything tossed away in street, gutter, land or stream eventually washes up to our doors here. Despite all the environmentalists and weeping over the environment, there’s more trash and litter than ever. Should be an easy fix if any group was interested – kids used to be taught and would automatically pick up trash and properly dispose of it…of course there’s lots more disposable stuff recently and a culture all too willing to not hang on to things of all sorts and expect others to clean up after them. Attitude could change if the majority of the population no only insisted but also demonstrated/scorned.
      But yes, ducks are really needed entertainment right now. Thanks for landing with a comment

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  3. Ally Bean / Nov 21 2016 9:42 am

    What a mess. Poor little ducks, stupid big humans. Not quite yachting at its best. Bet they’re not having a quacking good time.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 22 2016 7:33 am

      We wondered if it was a transportation assist for elderly or disoriented ducks. The floating island has ducked out and moved on with the current….maybe on it’s way to Cuba now with the fronts. Perhaps it will be recycled as a boat there for a return trip.
      That cove is a favorite spot for shelter against strong cold winds with lots of snacking areas. Always a fight for prime territory…the losers have to float over to the marina where the tourist eager to toss duck food at them. Sigh. Life is hard. Thanks for paddling over to chat


  4. sportsattitudes / Nov 21 2016 9:42 am

    We have a regular group of both ducks and geese that populate a large water hazard on a nearby golf course…a hazard for the golfers…not the geese and ducks. In the last couple of days the temperature has gone from 70 to 30 with a 30 mph wind. A definitive changing of the season. Today…it seemed like a zillion more of these guys and gals showed up from who knows where. Perhaps they flew in for the Holiday? It was an amazing sight seeing the “overflow” crowd in town this morning. No athletic equipment available to them however…just paddling about on their own.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 22 2016 7:46 am

      Sounds like quite a sight with all those ducks arriving in your town. The recent strong fronts have certainly gotten the ducks (and deer) moving. Tall yard plants with shallow roots blowing over. Looks like winter is going to gallop in this year. (How do ducks manage to keep their feathers on in these blasts? No wonder they are looking for a peaceful resort.) There are a lot of big buildings all over the area with lovely decorative ponds out front…which fill with ducks and geese in the winter…the birds seem to like the building overhangs, parking garages, and covered entry ways, too. Lots of scrubbing of steps by maintenance each day. Sometimes they move on to South TX and sometimes not…people do try to encourage that. HA HA
      Thanks for feathering the comment nest

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  5. sportsattitudes / Nov 22 2016 8:39 am

    Perhaps the more fascinating aspect is there are actually golfers trying to golf in 30 mph winds and temps in the low 40’s? I suspect the ducks and geese must wonder when THEY will head South for the winter…!


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