Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday 2/23/10 - "STANDING GUARD"

"STANDING GUARD"


Sunday morning I went out to get the paper and saw a cracked duck egg at the end of the walkway that leads up to our front door and where the duck nursery is located. Something had stolen an egg out of the nest. I went to get my camera, but when I returned one of the male ducks that keeps watch over mama had picked up the egg, was carrying it out into the grass and was eating its contents. The majority of the inside of the egg was left on the walk. I don't mean to gross anyone out, but I saw an eyeball and other parts of the embryo. It made me feel sad.

Fast forward to this morning and I noticed many male ducks on the front roof of our house and the house next door keeping watch below them. I feel sure they were
standing guard that no animal try to steal another egg from the nest.

Mama duck leaves the nest several times a day to eat and drink. I have observed some other things I never saw happening the last time. Not being a duck I can only guess at what is going on and it may be completely incorrect. Mama will be setting and one of the male ducks comes up, sits on top of her, bites at her neck, and then starts flapping his wings. Mama starts squawking and finally gets up off the nest and she and the male duck walk out into the yard. My interpretation? That this is a first time mother being guided by an old timer male duck. ???

On to other topics. Daughter got a lead on a job from someone in Alcoholics Anonymous. She had an interview yesterday that went really well. Turns out this was a job with an insurance company too. A few weeks ago she interviewed with a different insurance company in Ft. Myers. That interview went well also, but she didn't get the job. This time she will have a second interview on Thursday with the manager of the office she would be working in and they will make a decision Friday. PRAY GOD'S WILL BE DONE - AGAIN - AND THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR HER.

I'm leaving in a few minutes for an Al-Anon meeting and will meet daughter after that for an AA meeting. I am so grateful that these programs exist, that I found them, and that working them has provided the opportunity for peace and serenity one-day-at-a-time as I live life in this crazy world.

Love to all you bloggers.

Prayer Girl

(Photo credit: Husband, Steve, shot this picture at my request. Thank you hubby!)

14 comments:

Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers,
andrea

Enchanted Oak said...

When eggs are falling off the roof, DUCK!
I'm sorry. I couldn't stop myself.
Bird behavior is intriguing. Best wishes to the remaining eggs, and that female duck.

Kristin H. said...

First, PG, forgive me, but that line, "not being a duck..." made me laugh out loud. Such delivery you have :) I am so happy to have a return of the duck stories. I love them.

I'm pulling for your daughter. Go get 'em!

Shadow said...

oh, the ducks are busy again. that's lovely. as is your obvious gratitude in the programs that are a part of your life. that made it all worthwhile again...

Syd said...

Interesting behavior that the ducks have. I read a bit more about them but didn't find anything to indicate what was happening when the male sat on the female. Is he attempting to mate her and perhaps is an inexperienced male?

Kathy M. said...

We have ducks in our neighborhood, and watching how they interact is a constant source of entertainment for us. Better than TV. Thanks for sharing your duck dramas. I love reading your observations.

I will pray for your daughter. Love to you, too.

Kim A. said...

Praying. (for daughter and remaining eggs!)

Namaste

Brian Miller said...

lol enchanted oak...dont know much about bird behavior myself...interesting indeed. prays for dau and the job!

sarah said...

praying for your daughter...and looove the photo. Stay strong...

Jennifer said...

love to you too.

Susan said...

Prayers for your daughter! And looking forward to photos of ducklings soon!

Just Be Real said...

Awesome picture with an awesome story line to go with PG. Great. Thank you!

Cat said...

The program helps me stay grounded and reminds me that there is a palce I can go and say anything without feeling ashamed, it works for me.

Paula said...

Hmm, male duck eating content of egg, well it is the circle of nature, the eternal circle of life. So glad to hear you daughter has a second interview and I keep my fingers crossed. Hugs to you from not so far away.