| Welcome to Tortuga Villa
We would like to introduce you to some of the
residents who live here....
African Grey Parrot
Mallard Duck (Female)
|This is "Tweenkie", a hatchling Mallard duck, lost from its
mother & dropped off at the feed store. They asked if we
wanted it...and the rest is history. This little girl, immediately
adopted Rosilee as her mother, following her everywhere,
'peeping' if she was out of sight. She loved being held,
tickling your neck with her beak like a tiny little 'jack-hammer'.
Her favorite past-time was sleeping in her glass terrarium
with stuffed toys and heat lamp, but on sunny days she loved
playing with the tortoises, joining in as they dined on their
fresh green vegetables. She was afraid of water unless
Rosilee went in first, but soon began swimming and diving in
the large tortoise drinking dish. Much too soon, she began a
fascination with anything that flew overhead....and the look in
her eyes as she followed the movement, told us that in her
heart she longed to fly. As her wings began growing
feathers, she would flap & run as fast as possible on her
tip-toes (as if trying to lift-off a runway) ....& eventually did.
At first she returned home every evening. We could always
count on seeing her 'quacking' at the door to be let inside,
then waddle across the floor to her bed. Our last times
together were very memorable as it was easy to see that she
was weening herself from us and was torn between 'home'
and all the adventure that was waiting for her. So we said our
last goodbyes and she never returned. Letting her go was
heart breaking and we still miss her everyday, but the
wondrous feeling of freedom and flying was something she
deserved to experience. About 100 yards from our home is a
beautiful reservoir with hundreds of Mallard ducks and we're
quite sure she is living there. People say she will return in
|Guess What.... On March 20th, the "first day of
Spring" (since flying away on July 1st of last year)
Tweenkie returned. She flew into the back yard
with a mate and began swimming in the pond. It
was absolutely unbelievable. The mate was very
cautious, standing guard while Tweenkie played
in the water eating algae. It was easy to tell that
this was really "Tweenkie". She loudly quacked
consistently (even while her head was under-
water) an obvious expression of excitement.
Slowly approaching the pond while calling her
name, Tweenkie just looked for a moment, then
returned to eating algae. Her mate remained
cautious but continued to stay by Tweenkie
(obviously trusting her judgement). They played
in the pond in our presence until nightfall then flew
away toward the reservoir.
|Tweenkie & her Handsome Mate
|Tweenkie & her mate have never missed a day.
They arrive early morning & remain until dusk
(even on rainy days). They are very comfortable
now and at times will walk across the patio and
up to the door. Today we made
a nest of hay in a secluded area beside the
pond. If they don't already have a nest,
maybe they will stay :)
|Tweenkie's special surprise.....May 23, 2006
|With egg-sitting help from
her mate, Tweenkie hatched
9 eggs & now has sweet baby
ducklings of her very own ...
9 little "Tweenkies" for us to
adore. She allowed us to play
with them for one day, then
took them to the reservoir
where they have remained.
I'm sure she's teaching
them skills to live on their
own & care for themselves.
|Tweenkie flys into our yard occasionally for a quick bite to eat & sits awhile, then quickly leaves
to rejoin her family. I'm sure her mate "Malley" is babysitting while she takes a break......
|'Sugar' & 'Spice'
| UPDATE: "Tweenkie"