Even more mallards!

I can’t get enough mallard photos, as they fill the bill—pardon the pun—in the absence of my beloved hen Honey. Today reader Dan Morrison from Canada, whose duck picture appeared in this morning’s “Readers’ Wildlife” photo, sent another picture from the same place in British Columbia. But it shows even more mallards and a woman feeding them. His explanation:

Attached the first photo from the other day showing women feeding the ducks. Rithet’s Bog, originally part of a farm in the early 1900s, was later donated to the city of Saanich (a Victoria suburb) in the 1950s by the Guinness family of Great Britain. Its now a conservation area and preserves (to some extent) all the primal ecological plants and animals of a raised bog. I’m a meteorologist and not a plant of animal person so my comments are suspect. The ducks live in a good sized pond next to the path around the bog at the west side. In the attached pic, the first I took, are two women feeding the flock and that’s the reason the ducks are out of the water and all across the path. Not sure what the women are feeding the ducks but doubt it’s the proper stuff like you were feeding Honey and family.

Those people are in PARADISE, and the picture reminds me of Seurat’s “A Sunday on the Grand Jatte“, but with ducks.

I feed my ducks this stuff, which is good for adults and growing ducklings, although laying hens should get this stuff, which has extra calcium for eggshells. If you feed ducks, this is good food and a healthy diet. Remember, don’t give bread to ducks. They’ll eat it but it’s not good for them. I hope that woman doesn’t have bread in the bag!


  1. John S
    Posted December 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    So…. why haven’t those ducks flown south the way yours (presumably) did?

    Or are Canadian ducks made of sterner stuff than Chicago ducks, and winter over in place?

    • davidintoronto
      Posted December 26, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Not sure when the photo was taken. But methinks Victoria winters are a fair bit milder than the ones in Chicago.

      • John S
        Posted December 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        Agreed, once I looked up where Victoria BC is located — southern end of Vancouver Island, (almost) just up the sound from Seattle.

        (Geography was never my strong point.)

    • Posted December 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

      Looks like the ducks have access to a lot of open water even in the winter. That’s the key.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Must be a Mallard convention.

  3. Posted December 26, 2018 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    We need a mallard ballad now.

  4. Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I love ducks. 💙🦆

  5. busterggi
    Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Duck,duck,duck,duck,duck,duck – c’mon geese, you’re not even trying.

  6. Alex Ryan
    Posted December 27, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    As a Bird Rescue Volunteer I have rescued and reared many Mallards. They are awesome ducks and often the females have returned with their own wee fellas! As has been said never feed bread. I use chick crumbles when they are very small and then move on to proper duck feed and greens. Go ducks!

  7. Bridget Honaker
    Posted December 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    If the Guiness company you mentioned is the one the makes the stout, it is not a British company but Irish since 1759.

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