Pretty quiet until there’s food — pat morss

It was cold on Tuesday, so we took along a small amount of bread for the Mallards on our walk by Niles Pond. I have just read this is not nourishing for them, so it may be cabbage, kale, cracked corn next time.

There were only several ducks, and they were entertaining slipping on the ice
Shortly, the Navy’s Blue Angels flew in, in formation, quacking pond-wide
This attracted dozens from the shoreline bushes on either side
One gull snuck a bite off to the side
Soon we had the whole Niles Pond duck population; maybe 10% got a bite
They dispersed just when the geese thought this might be worth investigating
Our juvenile Black-crowned Heron looked on with amusement
But not amusing enough
A parent (?) stayed alert close by
Just another winter sunset

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