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Suburban Wildlife [Jul. 3rd, 2005|04:30 pm]
Nicodemus
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I was watering the front lawn just now, trying to keep our mowable mix of crabgrass and weeds that I laughably call a "lawn" alive in the summer heat. My attention was caught by a duck flying down the street, not much higher than the roofs of the two-story row houses that fill our block. It's slightly unusual to see a duck around our neighborhood.

I went back to spraying water on the lawn. A minute later, I saw the duck flying around again and this time it cruised lower, over the hood of my car, and landed on the sidewalk. Our lawn is rather small: a square about ten feet on each side. I was standing on one side of it. The duck waddled up to the center, clearly watching the spray of cool water.

So I spent some time watering a duck. She (I think it was a female) seemed to be having fun, poking around looking for snails amid the hose spray. She wasn't quite sure I was safe and would start to waddle away a few feet each time I had to take a step and shift position.

After a bit, the lawn --if not the duck-- was thoroughly watered, so I put the hose down and went to turn it off at the faucet. The duck went over to the hose and drank a few beakfulls of cool water. Then, after a friendly flip of the tail, she was off again.


Just an enjoyable inconsequential tidbit from my day.
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[User Picture]From: wildfox34
2005-07-04 12:05 am (UTC)
I remember having a family of ducks living in the ditch infront of my old home back in Michigan. They were the same way as this duck, they were afraid of me, but they wouldn't fly away. I remember a couple times going out to the bus stop for school and the father duck would just stand there and quack at me. :P
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[User Picture]From: melskunk
2005-07-04 12:43 am (UTC)
How lucky!
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[User Picture]From: genecatlow
2005-07-05 12:31 am (UTC)
You mean ducky!
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[User Picture]From: shalora
2005-07-04 01:29 am (UTC)
how sweet! ducks are cute. my baby bird is so cute, too! I'm all in bird mode right now... :)
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[User Picture]From: toraneko
2005-07-04 02:08 am (UTC)
I love those little moments :)

A hummingbird hovering I I that close to you while you are sitting outside.

The possum in the front yard not fleeing in terror when you come home but just observing you, observing him.

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[User Picture]From: mammallamadevil
2005-07-04 02:26 am (UTC)

duck invasion in Santa Clara...

but that was earlier this winter....not only a duck, but a goose...you were nicer to them than I was...(grin)...

This neighborhood is full of assorted critters, especially after they took some of the older houses, tore 'em down, and put seven McCasas where two normal houses once stood...

MLD

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-07-04 02:33 am (UTC)

Re: duck invasion in Santa Clara...

Yeah, we actually don't get too many critters in our neighborhood. Apart from a herd of pet cats, I think we have one (injured) raccoon and a handful of squirrels.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2005-07-04 04:52 am (UTC)

Re: duck invasion in Santa Clara...

There's an indeterminate number of raccoons that occasionally are seen peeking out from the sewer opening on our corner here. Whether they live in there, or are merely using it as a base for their operations in our neighborhood, is unknown. Mysterious critters, they are.

Now, back when we lived in the boonies of Fremont, it was critter central. Our front yard was a common pathway for deer, raccoons, skunks, possums, swooping turkey vultures, a flock of wild turkeys, and the occasional peacock. Also zombies once in a while, though I may have been hallucinating that.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-07-04 11:15 pm (UTC)
Heheh, that's so sweet :)
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