This is Irma – the Muscovey Duck that survived Hurricane Irma with 13 eggs!






This lovely story was on my FB feed.  Thank you, Joy Anne!

Here we go!

This is “Irma”, she is one of the Muscovy ducks that hangs out in the ponds in front of, and behind our house in Plant City, Florida. About a month ago she laid 13 eggs at the base of the Live Oak tree in the front yard. She usually gets on and off the nest multiple times a day to eat and drink. When I got up this past Sunday morning Irma was on her nest. The weather was already turning nasty with high winds and rain. Towards evening as the hurricane was heading towards us, we had torrential rains and wind gusts up to 107mph! Irma hunkered down and never left her nest. We could watch her from our bathroom window as we were lucky and never lost power. When the eye of the hurricane was over our house we went out to check on her and she was still sitting tight. After the eye passed the wind and rain kicked up again and we finally went to sleep around 2:00am. When we woke up Monday morning, there was Irma, still sitting on her nest, covered in broken tree branches and Spanish moss, but alive and unharmed, all 13 eggs still intact. Monday was still very windy and Irma had yet to leave her nest so we brought her food and water which she readily accepted. Today, Tuesday, she finally got up from her nest, stretched her legs and took a quick dip in the pond before heading back to her eggs. So, here’s to Irma, super duck, who sat through a category 2-3 hurricane, protecting her eggs, and said “not today hurricane Irma, not on my watch”! Looking forward to having 13 Muscovy ducklings soon, pooping all over our driveway.

This is Irma. She survived and so did all 13 of her eggs. What a great Mom!  I swear she looks like she is smiling!


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SATURDAY IS PHOBLOG DAY!






Today, I will (finally) set up my voiceover equipment.  I’ve been putting this off for a long time because I didn’t have the time and also because it intimidates me.  But, this weekend, we have no AirBnB guests, so I will spend the time doing this and ONLY this!

HERE WE GO!

Sweet kang.

Gorgeous wild baby.

Another gorgeous wild one…

Cutie Patootey from So Cal Mini Sanctuary.

Salt River Wild horses…

A beard contest… Wow!

Amazing Texans…

Gorgeous buckskin mustang by Kat Livengood.

A fire fighter at Multnomah Falls in Oregon. They are working so hard to save the Columbia Gorge – a fire started by teenagers with firecrackers.

Happy Goat.

The firefighters at Multnomah Falls.

So cute.

Private castle on a private island.

Mustang Maddy teaching a zebra. She is amazing.


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