Friday, February 10, 2012

surprise

found this surprise in my front meadow
 i think, it might be 
the remains of
a neighbor's duck
 all white and black
winter's detritus

11 comments:

Ms. ∆×∆p×≥h/4π said...

No doubt a foxy feast, or some other predator beastie supper. But the feathers are lovely. I especially like the tiny fluffy down ones. Still waiting for snow in NYc with fresh weather-rumors that it will fall tonight into Saturday and leave 1 to 3 inches. I'll believe it when I see it.

deanna7trees said...

oh dear. a flurry of feathers.

aimee said...

oh, nature keeps us all on our toes!

Valerianna said...

Life eats life. The duck was not so lucky, but a duck feast on a cold winter's night is a gift to the coyote who was without a meal for three days.

Velma said...

i was puzzled originally as to what bird was all balck and white, until i saw the neighbors ducks...the coyote brought it a "fur piece" to eat.

Long Ridge Farm said...

we lost a hen last week to life of her own accord. In the coop overnight. But we took her to the far ridge where her remains would feed another. The cycle flows.

kaiteM said...

a tasty treat,
sorry can't talk
got feathers stuck in my teeth!

aracne said...

Living in a city I forgot how nature can be cruel even out of necessity.
I hope that you will be able to use this gift of feathers.

Velma said...

nancy, one of my work colleagues says, "circle of life" i think it sounds trite, but i also think it's true.
kaite, eeoouuww!
arachne, i know you have lots of nature in your city, just have to find it!

leFiligree said...

does anyone have pigeons? ive found a mound like this of black and white, and with similar feather shapes.

Velma said...

i did think pigeons, and they are here, but there were LOTS and no iridescent ones...