I would like to introduce you to Ms. Duck….Ms. Mottled Duck, not to be confused with Ms. Mallard Duck.
They do look similar as do the male and female of this particular popular SW Florida species.
Folks you know I like my quiet time…my time alone sipping my hot tea, doing a devotional or just giving myself permission to have a little “me time” in my Secret Garden.
But early today…a little after First Light….I walked out to see Ms. Duck.
“Good Morning”….I greeted her as I sat my hot tea and Bible down and prepared to seat myself comfortably on the garden bench.
We continued to chat,
Well, I was the one doing the chatting and she was the one staring at me like I had lost my mind.
You see, as popular as “her kind” are to SW Florida, this visitor had never visited me before, especially in the Secret Garden where she didn’t mind staying awhile.
You usually see them around water and I have to admit, we do have plenty of water in and around Villa de La Luna.…in other words our home….
My secret garden is usually a secret from the larger fowl, such as these Ibis who like to visit in the front and side yards of our home.
Oh, I’m sorry Ms. Duck…didn’t mean to offend with fowl name calling.
I love all kinds of wild life and many that visit, are in pairs that stay together for as long as they live.
How sweet is that?
This is a flock of Ibis who also like to help me by checking out my lawn for grubs, which is a favorite meal for them….It is a win win situation for us.
The Secret Garden however has my usual visitors….like Mr. & Mrs. Morning Dove….she coos to me each morning.
And…Mr. & Mrs. Mocking Bird and all their little birds that they hatch out. They all love to chat.
And of course Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal who will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve talked of them before.
There is Mr. & Mrs. Nuthatch and Mr. & Mrs. Wren too….we haven’t even begun to talk about the butterflies, but that is for another day.
And now….there is Ms. Duck, who perhaps is thinking of a good place for a nest….she really didn’t say that but she remained near that spot for most of the morning.
Welcome to my menagerie…
I know it is going to be a great start to the day when Twin #1 face times me with the beautiful sun, rising above the road as he drives to work. (he pulled over on the country road just to share the sight)
I hope you are having a great and glorious day…
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