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Duck in Golden Gate Park just now


Anonymous said...

Nice pic, thanks.

Every spring a pair of these come to our yard, to bath. We have a shallow water dish on the ground, and the seem to have taken a liking to a daily bath in it. They don't stay long, maybe an hour, then they leave. This goes on for a couple months, then they disappear till the next spring.

Peter Robinson said...

For several years we had a pair of Mallard ducks come to our small pond in the spring, stay there for a month or so then leave, presumably to breed someplace a little safer. We used to put a dish of cracked corn out for them and, every day, they would waddle directly from the pond to the corn, eat their fill, then waddle straight back. One day, our old Border Collie decided to lie in their path, but they refused to be diverted from their accustomed track and waddled right over the top of him. Fortunately, he was a very gentle dog and resisted the temptation to have a tasty duck snack. However, he did give us a very quizzical look: "Are they MEANT to do that?"

Ducks are either very trusting or very stupid!

Anonymous said...

Peter, a nice duck story...lucky you had a gentle dog.

it is interesting you fed yours cracked corn. I have had some rather odd experience with cracked corn in the past five to six yrs..

Originally I bought mixed bird seed which had cracked corn in it. We would find the cracked corn left. The birds, ducks, even the deer did not eat it.

then I was given a bag of cracked corn..they would not eat that either..

(when I say would not eat, I would only put corn out for two weeks and the birds and ducks would sort of check it out and then look at me and walk around and leave. I had to pitch it).

then I started buying bird seen with only grains/sunflowers in it, all good.

One day I had cobs of corn left from supper. (very tasty sweet corn it was). Some I stripped off, some I left on the cob.

would you believe it...not a single critter would eat my fresh cooked corn, neither the stripped off kernels or on cob.

(those cobs were purchased fr walmart).

so, started a bit more research..
I have come to the conclusion that the cracked corn in my bird seed and on the fresh cobs was GMO or such, and the critters could tell/would not eat it.

since then, I have read that TONS of extra cheap GMO corn was shipped to Wal Mart in Canada, and they were selling it through Walmart Canada. (I don't buy it anymore)

it seems a possibility that the critters can tell GMO corn, and won't eat it.

Anonymous said...

well, I cannot believe I never researched this GMO/critters refusing to eat it, but just did, and have to admit even I was surprised to find it seems to be "well known".

I googled
GMO Corn Animals refuse

got some interesting stuff

If Animals Won’t Eat Genetically Modified Corn, Why Do We?

Pigs Won't Eat GMO Corn

Eyewitness Report: Animals Won’t Eat GMO’s

Animals Avoid GM Food, for Good Reasons

Animals Avoid GM Soy And Corn

Animals Won't Eat Genetically Modified Food


Anonymous said...

have you seen the video about "Maria"...


Anonymous said...



Duck leads ducklings on annual waddle through school's halls

HARTLAND, Mich. – A mother duck has grown attached to a Michigan elementary school’s courtyard, returning each year to lay her eggs and then walk the hallways with her ducklings — with the help of students and staff — to safely get to a nearby pond.

The duck named Vanessa has appeared at Village Elementary School in Hartland for the past 13 years, and her latest waddle through the school took place last week, the Livingston Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports (http://bit.ly/1Oa7lnF ).

The duck flies into the closed-off courtyard, where children in the surrounding classrooms can take a peek out the window to watch, and she crawls under a specific shrub, digs out her nest and lays her eggs. It’s there that she waits for them to hatch.

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