A quacking good walk

To cut a long story short –  A duck walks into a bar – “Got any bread?”   “No and if you ask me again I’ll nail your beak to the bar!”  “Got any nails?”  “No”  “Got any bread?” 

My Saturday morning walk was taken on my own and around a local lake. Now,  had I known in advance that the word-prompt was rivulet, I would have grasped the opportunity and taken a picture of the gully that’s at the far end of the lake.

As it was, my curiosity on this Saturday morn was piqued by a fire and rescue crew that were taking part in a training exercise on the lake.

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While taking this next photo, I almost ended up in the lake with them when a dog on a long leash wrapped itself around my legs as the owner pulled one way and the dog pulled the other!

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The cold and breezy morning chilled me to the bone but failed to deter me from standing around a little longer to film the sounds and antics of the local wildlife, during which, a little boy and his mother fed pieces of bread to the birds.

Feeding bread to ducks and other waterfowl is not advised – bread has little nutritional value, is the equivalent of junk food and can harm ducklings’ growth, pollute waterways, and attract rodents and other pests.

Waterfowl are capable of fending for themselves and do not require human handouts to survive, no matter what the season nor how much they seem to beg for treats. So, if you really do want to feed the ducks perhaps you could offer a nutritious treat. Ideas for this can be found at the end of this post.

Recently I photographed this sign at another local lake, however, I’m a little puzzled as to why our same city council doesn’t provide these signs at all council owned lakes.

Sign from Roundhay Park

© SueW-nansfarm.net  April 2018   In response  to the word-prompt Rivulet

 Foods for Waterfowl 

The best foods for waterfowl are those that provide the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins the birds need for healthy growth and development. Many of these foods are similar to the natural insects, mollusks, seeds, grains, and plants the birds will forage for on their own. As omnivorous birds, ducks will eat many different foods, and the best foods to offer ducks include:

  • Cracked corn
  • Wheat, barley, or similar grains
  • Oats (uncooked; rolled or quick)
  • Rice (cooked or uncooked)
  • Milo seed
  • Birdseed (any type or mix)
  • Grapes (cut in half or quartered if very large)
  • Nut hearts or pieces (any type but without salt, coatings, or flavoring)
  • Frozen peas or corn (defrosted, no need to cook)
  • Earthworms (fishing bait or dug from the garden)
  • Mealworms (fresh or dried)
  • Chopped lettuce or other greens or salad mixes

Information courtesy of  ‘The Spruce’ 

17 thoughts on “A quacking good walk

    1. We once had a horse that died in agony because the warden of the neighbouring scout camp shared fish and chips with him! Heartbreaking to stand there with the vet and all of us feel powerless!

      Regarding hedgehogs there’s more information for schools nowadays. We especially focused on bonfires and mowing long grass and litter etc. Check out this website http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/hedgehogs

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    1. Don’t salt them! !
      I have a metal feed bin (came out of a school kitchen) that I use to store wild bird seed and peanuts, And half a dozen bird feeders hung on the trees in the garden. If I’m going out with the daughters I make up little bags of seed for their little ones to feed to the ducks.

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  1. gc

    As always Susan you “quacked” me up with this article. I enjoyed the photos. Also very happy that you were not seriously injured by that overzealous dog and its uncaring owners enthusiasm. There ought to be a law that the length of a dog’s leash be proportionate and relevant to the place where its owner will be taking it on a stroll. I also think that a type of doggy insurance be levied against all dog owners regardless of size.

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    1. Is there a pet insurance for damage/ injury to others? I suppose there could be.
      You of course know more about this story than I detailed here. I’m waiting for the bruising to spread further and then I can get more sympathy!
      So pleased you like the article 🙂

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