Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Cold Duck

Shh, don't tell anybody.

I'm sitting here alone in my office today while my entire staff is out on vacation. It's very quiet and I'm watching the ducks paddle around in the Mississippi River out my front window.


Because we have a dam a few hundred yards upstream, the water here never freezes completely during the winter. Therefore, this little section in front of our office attracts a large variety of winter wildlife - including bald eagles, falcons and lots and lots of ducks.

I can hardly stand to watch them floating around in this frigid ice water. But no matter how cold it is outside, they still seem to be just fine. My only question is...

Don't their little feet get cold?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a fowl picture!

Anonymous said...

Quack quack!!!

I love ducks.

Anonymous said...

I believe they retract their feet up into their down.

Sandy said...

We have a similar place in Rochester. Every time we pass it, Annika wonders what will happen if they fall asleep and their feet freeze in the water. I told her I'll remember to put a hair dryer in the car so we can help them out.

Harmonica Man said...

Geez - I convert over to the new Blogger and all my comments go anonymous. What a gyp. Let's see if I remember who's who here...
1. Jennine
2. Mooselet
3. Dad

Dad - that may be true in some cases but out in the river they have their feet down all the time because they're constantly paddling to keep themselves from getting washed downstream. They must not have any nerves in them thar flippers.

sandy - Just be careful. You know what they say about using hair dryers around water. Hmmm?

Mom Thumb said...

Argh, I just sorta kinda figured out Blogger and now they want me to do a new version. Where is my comfort zone??? Our neighborhood has two lakes and I wonder all the time about the geese, ducks, swans, toads and tortoises getting too cold. I guess I just have to assume God has that figured out.

but Momma said...

I tried to say that You have such a great view out your window that you must be a mucky-muck, or a ducky-duck.

Either the new Blogger doesn't like me, or my comment was too corny...I'll give it another try...

Harmonica Man said...

linda - Don't worry, converting won't be too bad for you. I had 235 posts to convert and it took about 6 hours. Yours should go in a less than an hour.

but momma - Maybe you were trying to tell me I'm a lucky duck for having such a great view. Right now, Blogger (old, new, beta or whatever they call it) doesn't like anyone!

Jenny said...

I love the view! I was told that their feet have very few nerves in them so they aren't affect by the cold as much.

Heather said...

Those are some deep thoughts.

yellojkt said...

Ducks are fun to watch and take pictures of because they are always doing silly stuff.

I keep trying to convert to the new Blogger but it won't let me. I didn't know it took hours.

Keltybug said...

Lucky you to have peace and quiet. I bet that was nice. I cant imagine how cold that water is.

Harmonica Man said...

yello - If you try to do it at odd times you might get in. They only allow so many people at a time to convert to save bandwidth. Some people have claimed it takes up to 12 hours for larger blogs - so be patient.

Mom Thumb said...

Blogger converted me in less than a minute. I was shocked. But grateful.

Anonymous said...

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