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.


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10 Responses to Idioms and Ratios

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    If they were a kindergarten class going on an outing, they’d all have to be holding onto a rope and swimming two-by-two.
    Jim T

  2. barbara carlson says:

    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.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Yeah, between the gulls and the crows, ducklings have a tough go of it. And yeah, the geese are big poopers.

    • Jim Taylor says:

      Re the seagulls. And the crows. The sheer beauty of nature is sometimes paralleled by its mindless cruelty.
      Jim T

      • Isabel Gibson says:

        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.

  3. Ian says:

    A downing? A feathering? Or perhaps a peeping? I know…a paddling of ducklings!

  4. Last count, Cizek’s photos were capturing up to 75 goslings in that super-mom’s entourage!

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