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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 1st August, 2023)


Mrs Mallard laid her eggs at Wigan Pier.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
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Comment by: PeterP on 1st August 2023 at 07:58

She must have been quakers to lay her eggs there. I hope they survive and hatch out ok.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st August 2023 at 08:24

How strange that the Mother has left her eggs there. I hope they will be okay. I once did a pen-and-ink sketch of that scene for my boss when I left work to have my first child....that's 47 years ago so was before Wigan Pier was turned into a museum and the buildings "done up".

Comment by: Veronica on 1st August 2023 at 08:51

How strange to leave the eggs there…No sign of Ma Mallard ….

Comment by: Edna on 1st August 2023 at 09:22

You should have moved them Mick, to somewhere safe!!!

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 1st August 2023 at 09:34

She’s definitely a duck head, I will be cycling along there when we get some fine weather to see how far they have got with the tow path to Parbold,very strange laying eggs there……….

Comment by: Sandra on 1st August 2023 at 09:56

Not last long there, have they been purposely placed there?

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 1st August 2023 at 10:22

They were probably laid there by a Shevington Mallard out on his rounds.

Comment by: Syd Smith on 1st August 2023 at 11:18

Mick 2 years ago we had 10 eggs laid on the grass at the side of the towpath, don't know if you saw them.
They only lasted a few days and they were gone, some said it would be a fox, but at that time we had a filipina living in the village so some blamed it on her.

Comment by: John(Westhoughton) on 1st August 2023 at 11:27

Duck egg meant to say, I always take some swan and duck food when cycling along the canals cannot beat it .

Comment by: Arthur on 1st August 2023 at 11:29

Mallards usually lay about 12 eggs in grass or rotting tree trunks. These could have been put there by the human hand.
Canals are not their favourite location.

Comment by: DTease on 1st August 2023 at 11:39

No doubt it seems a trifle queer
To lay my eggs eggsactly here
There is a reason for my folly
I was out last night upon a jolly
As I made for home feeling much befuddled
And being dark and in a muddle
I laid my eggs upon the Pier
And that is why you found them here.

The Drunken Duck.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st August 2023 at 12:02

Done deliberately I assume..at the expense of Ma Mallard and her would be brood.
She’s probably hovering about worried about the eggs sadly. I thought it was against the law to remove birds eggs.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 1st August 2023 at 12:27

You daft so-and-so, Our DTease! That really made me laugh.....I hope Veronica has seen it! The Drunken Duck sounds like a pub. I wish we could put laughing-face icons on here like we can on emails and facebook....that certainly deserves one!

Comment by: Poet on 1st August 2023 at 12:43

The age old question yet baffles Philosophy ,
What came first . The eggs or the bloke on the velocipede ?

Comment by: Cyril on 1st August 2023 at 13:50

You know where those other duck eggs went to Syd Smith, and you know where these will end up, *and we too know who'll be having Singaporean Duck Eggs, 'Char Kway Teow,' for tea.

*You can't mention names or give any hints now, otherwise 'snowflakes' accuse you of being a member of a gang always making nasty comments.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st August 2023 at 14:20

DTease, I'd imagine that a duck with a hangover would be right nowty thing in having to confront of a morning.
I was trying to think of where I'd heard of The Drunken Duck, anyhow I've had a root and the pub is in Ambleside. It's a good tale of how the Inn got its name:

Comment by: Alan on 1st August 2023 at 15:19

Deliberately staged.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st August 2023 at 15:24

The snowflakes won’t bother about this Cyril…even if they know
who the culprit is!
Dtease I hope you are doing your dissertation on rhyming riddles..

Comment by: Joan on 1st August 2023 at 16:00

Yes Syd, I remember people blaming her for taking the duck eggs, because they found out that duck eggs with partly formed chicks inside are a delicacy in the Philippines.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 1st August 2023 at 18:23

Ive never heard of this filipna women, but she might have been here when I was traveling the world.
But I can confirm that in most Asian countries duck eggs with baby chicks inside are a delicacy, I remember eating them in the Philippines and in Cambodia.

Comment by: Jembo on 1st August 2023 at 18:27

LOL. Fake as a fake thing with fake pants on.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 1st August 2023 at 18:35

There’s also a bar in Las Americas (Tenerife) by the name of The Drunken Duck Cyril.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st August 2023 at 20:53

Mick, with you having lived there you should know that fowl eggs with embryos are a delicacy all around the Far East countries.
The guide in Karl Pilkington's Idiot Abroad when in the Far East was eating them, and when Karl asked him does the the embryo bother him, he just laughed saying "very good."
I'd imagine them to be all bone and legs and with a very hard beak for them to break out of the shell.

Comment by: Cyril on 1st August 2023 at 21:05

I've never been to Tenerife John, though it'll be a lot better weather for sitting outside there, and there'll not be any midges, though it'll be twenty odd years since I was in Ambleside.

Comment by: Dick Dastardly on 1st August 2023 at 21:11

More phoney than Mick's phoney friends .

Comment by: Veronica on 1st August 2023 at 22:07

I don’t know about anybody else but the thought of eating embryonic fowl makes me feel sick.
Wise words DD.

Comment by: Eggheads on 2nd August 2023 at 08:31

Plato pondering for infinity
How strange to find in this vicinity ,
Duck eggs on a stone tow path ,
Concluded someone was having a laugh ,

Who could it be taking the Michael ,
Perhaps some person on a cycle ?
Electric powered with a throttle ,
So did muse Aristotle .

And so it was generally agreed
By all including Socrates ,
Except by one far eastern seer
Who had another bright idea ,

Confucius is a chap you can rely on
To say what bird lays on tracks of iron ,
And so he wisely made the claim ,
It's not a duck but a water rail .


Comment by: DTease on 3rd August 2023 at 19:26

Verily Poet thou writeth a comely verse
‘Tis beyond all doubt I have seeneth worse
Thy pen doth floweth like the yolk of an egg
Off the paper and downeth thy leg.

Who is this Shakespeare chappie hey hey?
Well! What dust expect from an owd Aspull Marra?

Comment by: Poet on 4th August 2023 at 07:15

Gradely Dtease thou bard of Haigh ,
I likest much thy paean ,
Accept upon thy laurelled head
The mark of the British lion .

Comment by: e on 4th August 2023 at 17:36

A distant mind comes upon us all ,
as we seek the bird that’s flown ,
but a merry head is a bikers wind,
with hair , a bald , can own …

Comment by: Veronica on 6th August 2023 at 15:00

Eggs are eggs unless they grow legs,
Who didst this foul deed the matter begs?
What strange far flung creature snatches from the feathered nest?
Then flees the scene the horrible hairy-legged pest!

Comment by: Poet on 7th August 2023 at 06:55

From the fair hand of Mistress Veronica ,
Another work that must be honoured ,
That will go down in the literary history
Of the Wigan pier duck egg mystery .

Now on balding pates the place is clear
Where the lion's stamping should appear ,
But on the flowing locks of lady poets ,
The question is where we should put it .

Comment by: Veronica on 7th August 2023 at 09:08

I hope to gain ‘honorary’ membership to the poetry club Poet. ( how much to join? ). ;o))

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