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Mallards pay a surprise visit

Well, this was a bit of a surprise. I have a basic backyard bird feeder with safflower feed. To date haven’t seen much beyond house finches and doves.

Last week, after I left for work, my kids said there were two ducks in the yard. Yesterday, the pair stopped by briefly in the rain but I didn’t have time to grab my camera. Tonight, they came again and hung out for 15 minutes or so and I was able to sit out on the porch and take some pics.

They ate some of the seed that had fallen into the grass, waddled around, and then took off. It was already pretty dark thanks to the clouds and evening sun (or lack thereof) so the pics aren’t all that great. No water to speak of near me in suburbia so I’m not sure why they have chosen my backyard. Guess they just like the seed. 😉 Lots of fun to watch although my dogs weren’t too happy with the guests.

A Mallard drake and hen hang out in the grass of a suburban yard. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard drake and hen hang out in the grass of a suburban yard. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard hen poses for pictures.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mallard hen poses for pictures. (© Tony’s Takes)

Mallard drake walking through the grass.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Mallard drake walking through the grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

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