Idioms and Ratios

Cuter than a bag of hammers?

No, that doesn’t sound quite right, even though it’s definitely accurate.

16 ducklings with their momHowever they should be described, this is the highest duckling-to-responsible-adult ratio I’ve ever seen.  But Minnesotan photographer Brent Cizek captured a mother merganser with 50 ducklings.  Some likely born in, the article explains, and some likely wandered in.  Lucky mom!

Thanks to Marilyn Smith for the link to Brent Cizek.



  1. barbara carlson

    Cutest thing I’ve seen today — but the day is young!
    We have two nesting ducks on our Condo pond out back. They start with 4-5 little-ins each and the seagulls come and pluck them up and eat them! or ?

    We now have 2 nesting geese pairs, or else they are children from last year… hell of a mess they make
    on the circling walking paths around the pond.

      1. Isabel Gibson

        Jim – Yes, it looks like that from our perspective, I guess, although I wonder whether it’s right to see human (im)morality in nature any more than it is to anthropomorphize in any other way.

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