Quack, Quack!

MallardHead

In winter, it rains and rains in my little corner of the world. We console ourselves by saying, “It’s great weather for ducks!” Yes, it’s nice to think there are some creatures in the world that enjoy grey, wet days that go on and on. This time of year, the wet days seem to go on forever.

Do you remember learning the childhood song, “Old MacDonald?” It taught us that cows say moo and ducks say quack. It turns out that farm ducks are derived from mallard ducks, and they do say quack. Yes, indeed. But mallard ducks are only one of more than a hundred different species of duck in the world, and a whole lot of them do not say quack.

Different creatures have different voices. Go figure!

The American wigeon, for example, is a duck that makes a sound like a wheezy whistle. That handsome devil, the wood duck, will peep and trill and make noises that have nothing in common with a mallard’s quack. The bufflehead sounds more like a crow, and the common eider occasionally hoots like an owl. Old MacDonald’s head would spin at all this variety.

Ducks are not alone in having different voices and different ways to express themselves. Consider the human writer. One of the fun things about winter is it inspires us to huddle indoors and read more of other people’s blogs. Maybe even try some new ones.

To get you started, here are a few short ones that might make you laugh, or shake your head, or nod sagely.

Flash fiction with Little Fears: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/58570484/posts/2169867303
Finding the lighter side of darkness: http://damselinadress.ca/?p=4200
Short autobiography in pictures: https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/89677433/posts/2157291808
Thoughts on the games we play: https://onceuponyourprime.com/2014/11/18/is-profanity-legal-in-scrabble/

Every writer has his or her or zir own style of expression. Collectively, they make the blogverse explode with the music of a million unique voices. Such a symphony of words at our fingertips!

Do you have a favourite voice in the blogverse? Share it in the comments.

 

Take a look at some of the variety of ducks in the world in my Easy Read Nature Story:

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6 thoughts on “Quack, Quack!

  1. Awww, this was such a great post and a cute metaphor to connect to other bloggers. Thank you so much for putting my quirky (quacky?) voice into your mix— I’m flattered. With regards to mine, You ARE one of my favorites in the blogosphere but it might be a little redundant to list YOUR blog in this comment? 😉
    Oh, and thanks for the reminder for me to switch doctors…. mine is a real quack!
    Stephanie

  2. Great post! I love ducks and we live close to a park with two large ponds. The panda are currently frozen over (very rare around here) and they all congregate at a melted corner. Perhaps their combined body heat did the trick?

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