At the grocery store

My grocery store opens at 6 a.m., and I like to shop before 7.  It’s very soothing to have all those big aisles full of noms to myself.  Leaving the store this morning, though, I saw this in the parking lot (mind you, there’s not a pond within miles):

Ducks

I wonder if they had handicap permits.

39 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    They could argue that they were lame ducks.

    • still learning
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      +1 You win.

    • mordacious1
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:11 am | Permalink

      The sad situation is, that there is always some quack who will give you a diagnosis for one of these handicap placards.

      • Fastlane
        Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

        And then send you a bill.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      Ha Ha Ha!!

    • madscientist
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 3:25 am | Permalink

      Now there’s a fine example of a canard.

  2. Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Oh Jerry. I used to have to look after ducks like this when I was a kid. I think they are Mallards but we called them Khaki Campbells.

    They look like toys on the parking lot 🙂 They must be disabled to be sitting there.

    • still learning
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Yes, they are mallards.

  3. abrotherhoodofman
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Umm… maybe try wading-in a little deeper, honey? *Sigh* I might as well grab a few things from the beauty supply store while we’re here…

  4. Mark Joseph
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Glad I’m not the only one who wonders where the occasional duck or rabbit that I see in the morning comes from. I’m in the middle of a suburb, concrete as far as the eye can see, and the nearest pond I know of is in a park about five miles distant.

  5. Rick Graham
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Looks like they were up at the quack of dawn too.

    • Rick Graham
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

      We you shopping for quackers?

    • Rick Graham
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      “I wonder if they had handicap permits.”

      Oh Jerry! That old canard?

      • Sarah
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:19 am | Permalink

        Even though they see the sign, they canardly read it.

        • Rick Graham
          Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

          They will probably sit there Teal someone calls Fowl.

        • Rick Graham
          Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

          This conversation is getting pretty Daffy.

      • Occam
        Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

        Sitting ducks.

        • Rick Graham
          Posted March 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

          I keep Peking back to see if anyone has replied to my comments

          • Larry Gay
            Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

            Your Graham quackers?

            • Rick Graham
              Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

              Your name calling rolls off me like water off a duck’s back. 😉

              • Larry Gay
                Posted March 3, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

                I surrender. You one-upped me.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      “Cracked corn, please. Just put it on my bill.”

  6. R.W.
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they were duck-taped to the ground.

  7. MAUCH
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What we have here are directionally handicapped mallards. If they new where they were going they would be relaxing on the beach in Mexico.

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted March 3, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Took a wrong turn at Albuquerque?

  8. Aaron Siek
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    This site brings with it lots of witty commenters — “lame ducks” for the win!

    (On a more serious note, I used to volunteer at a wildlife rehab center that specialized in water birds, and we often had to pick up ducks and other waterbirds that were injured or disoriented when they mistook a parking lot (or road, or basketball court, or any large, dark surface) for water. This was especially common when there was water, oil, or ice on the surface, making the area look convincingly water-like from the air. A few times, we had fairly large groups of almost entirely aquatic birds — such as grebes, loons, or scaups and other ducks with rear-set, splayed legs that can barely get about on land — strand themselves in such places. Usually they just needed a few days of food and rest, followed by release in an appropriate (watery) place, but sometimes they hit the surfaces pretty hard and needed more medical attention.)

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Most interesting. Between this and night-time lighting and skyscrapers and habitat destruction at both ends of migration (for birds that migrate)–amazing how well some birds are still doing!

      Aquatic insects do the same thing, btw. For a few weeks every year my long asphalt driveway is full of swarming mayflies from the latest hatch. Other spp are found regularly, as well.

  9. Rick Graham
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    …and then she turned to asked him, “Pardon me, Sir. Francis Drake?”

  10. Matt G
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    If they are, in fact, handicapped, I wonder what their mallardy could be.

  11. Lurker111
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Glad I read the post twice. The first time I saw “It’s very soothing to have all those big aisles full of noms to myself,” I read it as “It’s very soothing to have all those big aisles full of moms to myself.”

    Never knew moms shopped that early.

  12. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Cooooool.

    Dr. C, not one pair but TWO pairs of Mallards landed in my garden to scoop up birdseed!

  13. Posted March 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Have you never seen an eider down?

    • Kiwi Dave
      Posted March 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      Yes, but it’s less exciting than Black Hawk Down.

  14. Hempenstein
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    10 or so yrs ago when they were putting up the Wal Mart out by me on the former site of a drive-in in the east suburbs of Pittsburgh, which MapQuest will show is at least 200mi from the ocean, there was a huge congregation of seagulls in the eventual parking lot. I don’t believe I’ve seen a seagull here since.

  15. Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    This makes me miss Davis. Random ducks!

  16. ladyatheist
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    These comments quack me up!

  17. Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, Jerry? Pond? On the other side of that grocery store (which I know well as it’s right next to my yarn store) is the CHICAGO RIVER.

    https://maps.google.com/?ll=41.930654,-87.681225&spn=0.004013,0.005681&t=h&z=18


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