Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Duckling in Trouble!
Mama Wood Duck tries to lure me away from her endangered duckling.
While paddling the Hudson at South Glens Falls today, I became aware of a commotion under the trees along the shore. A Wood Duck hen was thrashing back and forth, back and forth, beating her wings on the water and hooting as if she were trying to get me to follow her. Then I saw why: her duckling was snagged by its bill on a lure dangling down from fishing line that had caught in a tree. Oh, the poor little thing! It was jerking and thrashing and tugging, to no avail, for that hook was pushed all the way through its tender little blue bill. I hurried over to try to remedy the situation.
I grasped the duckling in one hand and managed to work that nasty hook out, with mama going berserk around me during the procedure. As soon as the hook was freed, I released the duckling, who tore off to shore and into the underbrush. At that point, mama directed her energies toward trying to lure me away from the site. I obliged her and paddled quickly away.
Gosh, but I hope that little guy will be okay. Please, fisherpeople, make sure you don't leave your lures unaccounted for.
The instrument of torture for a baby duck