wings and things


on February 13, 2014

It has been fascinating to watch Queenie and the peachicks out and about. They roam freely now everywhere and are quite used to my presence. Sometimes they forage on the lawn just outside my office door where I can watch them and talk to them through the fly screen. It’s almost as if they have come over to say hello.




I still haven’t found a mate for Baby Turkey, but I promised him I would by next week and he perked up a little bit.


Godfrey and Zaruma, despite being male, continue to guard the ducklings. They are out and about for much of the day now too, always with the two male mothers guarding them – Godfrey with hisses and Zaruma with a little smile on his funny face.



This morning my mother came over and we cried together and it was like a gift of rain on a rose bush thought dead, but now budding again; it was like a single dewdrop until you see there are hundreds of them; it was like a hidden stream, full of pebbles and tadpoles and lilies and, well (I can’t help myself here!) ducklings.

Motherhood is a powerful thing.

23 responses to “Motherhood

  1. janechese says:

    Aw-w-w..It is so nice to see them out as a family, and still can’t get over the geese being so protective.

  2. Birds are so much fun to watch.

  3. Life is for the birds! (smiling) You’re waxing so poetic of late Jules…I think I like it! πŸ˜‰

  4. bulldog says:

    I ask, not to seem all knowledgeable… but don’t ducks in the wild share parenthood, with the male as the main protector.?? Maybe Geese are the same…

    • jmgoyder says:

      I’m sure you’re right – haha! I am still a bit of a novice with this bird/duck/goose thing so it’s all a bit new to me. And you ARE all knowledgeable bullgod!

  5. I am fascinated by nature as well… I just love to watch the birds at some point each day… out by the feeders… Diane

  6. “we cried together and it was like a gift of rain on a rose bush thought dead”
    this is a powerful message and SO true of motherhood.
    There is nothing quite the same.

  7. susanpoozan says:

    I like the stories you weave about your birds.

  8. Poignantly lovely. Love those babies. Very cool the males are guarding them.

  9. Where we would be without our mothers? You see it in the birds, though I am really impressed with the males in your yard. We are lucky to have it with our moms. πŸ™‚

  10. ksbeth says:

    i think that you should make a video series of this story, and narrate it. it would certainly be a hit )

  11. FlaHam says:

    Julie, Reading your posts is like having a living copy of National Geographic’s available 24/7. It is so fun to watch their growth, and to hear your explainatiions, excuses and wonderings LOL. Take care, Bill

  12. Lovely pics and narration, Julie. Bless your mom, and you. xx

  13. Beautiful pictures and I love your narration. I love how your two male ducks guard the chicks. I’m glad your mom and you could have a good cry together. How wonderful that you are so close. I hope you are feeling better. πŸ™‚

  14. Yes it is Julie . I love that you name all the wildlife around your property. Love the posts about your menagerie. Margie

  15. Judith Post says:

    Nice post. Made me smile. Thank you.

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