Monday, February 11, 2013
A few years ago it was decided by the powers that be in our fine city, that people should no longer feed the ducks at the Public Gardens. The reason behind the seemingly kinda mean decision actually makes sense - the ducks had all gotten used to being spoiled by people at the gardens, eating like kings all throughout the warm season. . . but then they started to not migrate! Ducks were staying at the Gardens all year, and since the park isn't open in cold weather, many of the ducks went from kings to paupers and starved.
Apparently not all the birds got the memo though.
As I was on my way home from work this evening I noticed two pairs of hold-outs huddled up by the fence on the north side of the park. I can't imagine what this past weekend's weather was like for a bunch of ducks, or what trying to find food must be like right now with several feet of snow on the ground. They seemed to just be pecking at the snow.
I also noticed that they were exhibiting some odd behavior. I am certainly no ornithologist, but I've never seen ducks act this way before, so I was curious to see that two of the ducks were laying flat to the ground, stretched out with their feet curled up behind them, and were making a strange clicking sound with their mouths.
I hope that it's some sort of sexy duck pre-Valentine's Day mating ritual and not that they are freezing or starving. I don't think BF, my landlords OR my neighbours would dig it if I adopted four mallards for the rest of the winter.
Any duck experts out there who can shed a little light on this topic?
Till next time!