Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 15, 2017

Kepler Finds Duck Eggs

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Male Wood Duck

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Parson (Jack) Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs on our camping trips this year. I found eggs four different times!

First I told about finding killdeer eggs, and then my second egg report was about finding robin eggs. Third, I told about finding cowbird eggs in a phoebe’s nest. Today I will tell you about my fourth find, the very best one of all.

Remains of a wood duck nest
at the base of a hickory tree

Wood Duck Eggs

Hiking in woods near a lake with Master, Missus, and Henry, I found the remains of a destroyed nest at the base of a tall hickory tree. There was a clump of nesting material at the base of the tree and many other fragments scattered around on the ground.

Even though Master and Missus are nose-blind (they can’t smell worth a hoot), they have good eyesight for spotting things. I think Master saw it even before I smelled the broken eggs, because he was walking us straight toward the tree. But he let me take credit for finding our fourth batch of bird eggs.

High above were three holes in the tree. The middle one, about 40 feet up, had wisps of nest material fluttering out of the hole. So we knew that’s where the nest had been.

Nest was in the middle
of the 3 holes at the top

I heard Master and Missus speculating about the nest maker and what had torn up the nest. They wondered if it was an owl nest that a raccoon had ravaged. Later we found out it was a wood duck nest, but we never learned what had destroyed it. It could have been a raccoon or opossum or possibly a hawk or owl.

Most interesting of all was what had been in the nest and was now on the ground — several broken eggs and three intact eggs. These were big eggs, slightly smaller than chicken eggs. But the shells were tougher than chicken eggs.

I was very eager to investigate. The broken eggs were still runny and we could see the red fertilization spots. So we knew the nest had been torn up quite recently, probably within a few hours. Master let me lick out the egg shells. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! I finally got to eat some of the eggs I found!

Wood Duck Eggs from Nest

After I finished licking out the broken egg shells, I wanted to take the three intact eggs and break them over the kibble in my food bowl. But Master said that the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act made it illegal to take them. We checked the next day, and the eggs and shells were totally gone. Maybe a park ranger cleaned them up.

Later I googled to see if Master was making it up about the Bird Treaty. I found out it was passed 99 years ago in 1918. The guys who passed it are long dead. Why do I have to give up delicious eggs to obey some dead guys? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Later Master told me this unexpected special egg treat was an example of Yahweh’s care and provision for me as described in this Psalm:
They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
(Psalm 104:27-28)

Wood Ducks

I thought it was very strange to find a duck in a tree! I thought ducks lived in water and along shores. So I asked Master about it . . . turns out, there are ducks that live in trees.

Wood ducks nest in holes in trees — hence their name. They have sharp claws for perching in trees. They live in wooded swamps or riparian woodlands. (Riparian is not my word; I got it from Master. He said riparian means “near water.” I don’t know why he didn’t just say, “near water.”)

At the founding of the USA, the colorful wood duck was so common that it was considered as a possible national symbol, along with the turkey (Benjamin Franklin’s choice) and the eagle.

Male Wood Duck in Nesting Tree

Here is a picture of the duck who fathered the eggs in the nest. He’s perched on a branch of the nesting tree. An ornithologist we met in the park took the picture and gave it to Master.

Again, ornithologist is not my word. Master said it means someone who studies birds. I don’t know why he didn’t just say “bird watcher.” But at least I’m improving my vocabulary in preparation for taking my college entrance exams next year. I want to be a dog doctor or a dog psychologist. Dog psychologists are in high demand and earn a lot of money from insecure dog owners, but Master said he would not pay my tuition for that course of study.

Ducklings are precocial; that is, they hatch feathered, able to see, and able to forage for food soon after hatching.

The mother hen calls the ducklings out of the nest within 24 hours after hatching. Most nests are 30 to 60 feet above ground, and the ducklings jump down out of the tree to join the mother on the ground. She then leads them to water.

I need to stop and write a letter to Congress about revising the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. I should have been able to eat those abandoned eggs I found on the ground.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. How has Yahweh opened His hand this week to satisfy you with good as in Psalm 104:28?
2. What is your guess as to what happened to the wood duck nest?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 25th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-26 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs

Read the sequel:
26. Kepler Gives Thanks

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 15, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)


Responses

  1. These short articles not only make my mind think they make me go back to my bible and check on things written.
    This week is opening of gun/deer season , and though I don’t hunt anymore, I let several individuals on my land and in return they provide me with some of the meat because they know I love it, like Kepler likes eggs, and that I will appreciate the food.
    Just like the treaty made by long dead men, we read and follow the faithful writings of long dead men. There was a reason why both were written, to save.

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  2. Liked the preceding Kepler stories – interesting, comical, and educational. Another home run for Kepler. Whoops, wrong season, another field goal.

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  3. Kepler, I enjoyed your 4th egg report. You have become quite the K9 oologist. I also enjoyed your use of grandiloquent vocabulary. It is enjoyable to learn a new word or two while researching some endeavor — like oology in your case.

    But the most impactful aspect of your article came when I clicked on the picture of the wood duck that you included in your article. When that picture opened in a larger window I gasped at the seemingly incredible beauty. Of course it would only be incredible to an evolutionist, for how could such a person explain the wondrous rich beauty that only God can put into one of His creatures like He has done with that wood duck? For a believer in God, for Whom “beauty” is one of the 3 transcendentals that help us know His nature, it is not incredible in the least that He created and “painted” the wood duck as He did.

    Your friend the bird dog Sanna was hunting with me for Chinese Ring Neck Pheasants in WI last week. Sanna and I successfully knocked down a rooster and had the same response to its awesome stunning beauty when we were able to hold that bird in our mouth and hands respectively. These two bird species should impact the evolutionist like the loser experiences after he hears the exclamation by the victor after his last move in a chess game, “check mate!”

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