The picture to the right is of some of our black ducks walking up the hill from the pond. (The white ones don't show up too well.) Walking up the hill has turned into a monumental task for these birds. I don't know how they do it! The snow is deep, but icy on top, so presumably they don't sink down below the surface. Never the less, the effort must be tremendous. Can you imagine how horrible it would be if our legs were 1-2 feet long with major swim fins on our feet and we had to move around in snow and slippery ice like this? What must it be like for these birds? How hard walking up this hill must be for these little creatures? An interesting fact is that when they walk they wobble about (even when there is no snow or ice) looking a little like a duckpin that was hit, but doesn't fall down--you know, the top of the pin moves from side to side and in circles that get ever smaller before it rights itself. During the process you hold your breath wondering if they will fall down--of course if you are bowling you want them to fall down if they are your pins. Do you suppose that is where duckpins got their name?