Whether the above Mallards are mates, best buds, or just pals sharing a quiet moment, I chose the pair for my annual Sweetest Day post.
I took these two photos during my September 5th meander at Lake Erie Metropark. Both Mallards had brown-speckled plumage and were likely in “eclipse phase” which means after molting, both male and female Mallards look alike. Gradually, the males, a/k/a drakes, will see the return of their teal head feathers, white neck rings, brown chest and gray body, while the females, a/k/a hens, will retain that brown plumage with its eventual signature bright-blue wing stripe.
I know Sweetest Day is not a holiday celebrated nationwide, or globally, but it is celebrated here in the Midwest, so don’t panic if you’re reading this and realize you didn’t get a present for your main squeeze. Sweetest Day is just another Hallmark-type holiday, a more condensed version of Valentine’s Day, but it has been celebrated for the past 99 years.
I’ve not heard one radio ad for candy, flowers or cards, so sadly, I guess Sweetest Day is still another casualty of the pandemic as real-life events like wildfires, presidential debates, positive tests and alarming COVID-19 stats rule the news media stories, crowding this fun holiday out of the headlines.
I usually use a Parker photo with his big brown eyes, swishing tail and hearts swirling about his head for Sweetest Day, but these two ducks have my heart.
They’re feelin’ ducky – how ’bout you?