Thursday, December 31, 2009


The Weaver of Grass mentioned the effects of bird feeders in her latest post and asked for comments and opinions.  The following is my own story:

Not far from our house is a small park with a pond. The place is an ideal habitat for water birds since it is fed by clean warm runoff from the sewage treatment plant. Even in the coldest weather there is open water. Migrating ducks often stop by to feed and rest.

Several domestic ducks took up residence at the pond a few years ago.

The cross breeding with the wild ducks resulted in some unusual combinations.

We often join the people who take bags of crumbs and crackers to feed the birds. It makes us feel all benevolent and compassionate and the ducks get fat and have more babies. Over time the population living off handouts at the pond has increased dramatically. In addition more farm bird immigrants have arrived.

A few weeks ago we gave three of our grandkids bags of dry cereal and leftover chunks of bread and went to the park to feed the ducks. Big Mistake. Cold weather has cut back on the amount of visitors to the pond.

We were not prepared for a horde of starving ducks and geese.

It was a cross between a rock concert mosh pit and a scene from Hitchcock’s The Birds.

The fowls so overwhelmed the children...

that they screamed and ran for cover.

The trauma will probably give them nightmares for the rest of their lives.

I’m thinking some university students could make a study of the situation and write quite a thesis on the effects of well intentioned handouts and the resulting welfare state.


dawn said...

what an incredible experience! wow. wish i could've been there.

happy new year to you friend! may it be filled with all things joyous! xo

Laura said...

OMG, I thought for sure you were going to say that the poor child in the pink jacket got fingers nibbled off. I could hear them, the children screaming and the ducks and geese squawking! Ha just had a thought; that would have been a good picture for the weekword Feast :-) Hopefully you all did leave with all digits attached.

Maria said...

Ohmigosh. The blurriness of those crazy looking ducks going after treats! Ha ha ha. I wish I could have been there. A perfect way to spend a new year's eve. :-)