We walked Maggie in the park this afternoon taking along a large bag of seed confident that the geese had flown off for the day and we could have some peace and quiet feeding the ducks.
Although we had heard flocks of geese flying off first thing this morning, many of the little blighters were still there hogging the pathways, banks and island with scouts at every nook and turn so that they wouldn’t miss out on free grub.
We decided to walk round anyway, and as we were turning left at the car park, spied a lot of ducks on the grass behind a bench so a master plan developed in Hubby’s mind about sitting there and throwing the seed behind us and hope the geese didn’t notice.
It has become quite a challenge to go to the park armed with seed and hide it from Radar and his chums, but the ducks greet us and I feel so guilty when we have deliberately not taken anything.
Anyway, we sat on this particular bench and didn’t reach for the seed at all just in case the geese had cottoned on and were biding their time. The ducks however were interested BIG TIME and flocked towards us.
I noticed that ducks can move an awful lot quicker on the water than geese!
Hubby had the seed in his pocket, and shock, horror (hehe), some fell out and under the bench we were sitting on. The ducks were thrilled, or should I say trilled in the vocal stakes, and we were soon surrounded. Maggie didn’t bother them, and the ducks weren’t bothered by her either, so it was a win win situation, and the geese didn’t get a look in.
All photos here were taken with my phone. The above is a young duckling but not our orphan as this one is too dark.
We noticed a couple of casualties today:
one duck has had all her feathers stripped from the back of her head which could be either due to their violent mating habits or bullying from other females. Another female has a broken foot so is not walking very well. She is eating OK and not letting the others get the better of her, plus she is OK in the water. Time will tell if she survives though.