If it walks like a duck ...

Urban Ducks - 
There was a beautiful pond not far from this parking lot, but these mallards were perfectly content to refresh themselves in this dirty puddle in the middle of a parking lot!
@Ldyjarhead (10241)
United States
August 31, 2008 7:26pm CST
I was cleaning up some pictures tonight and came across this photo I took a month or two back while at a local street fair type thing here in town. It was held in a park-like area and when we were walking back to the car, we saw these mallard ducks making good use of a puddle in the parking lot. Mind you, there is a very pretty pond not 500 yards from where this photo was taken, and it was full of other ducks, geese and even a small family of swan, but these guys were apparently quite content to have their little bath in a dirty puddle. Have you seen animals in your area that have adapted to a more urban atmosphere?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Well I'm in a real urban area as I'm in the Queens section of NYC...It's only been say a few years ago, that at this nearby park only a few blocks away, we often get seagulls...uh, kind of strange..LOL. There's no ponds or any bodies of water in the park, and while there are small ponds or laketype areas in other parks they are many miles away..for instance Kissena Park has a man made pond and is residence to geese, mallards, rails, even swans..but here where I am? No water..My theory? I somehow think that years ago, a lone seagull flying and passing by my neighborhood caught sight of the fact that there were free eats as often people feed the pigeons and sparrows...so he must have gone back to his seagull friends and say..."Psst..hey I know a place for free eats.." LOL...Now we have a regular flock of them that are always there in the daytime
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@BarBaraPrz (27744)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
2 Sep 08
Seagulls often circle open fields, but I guess open fields are as rare as ponds in your neck of the woods.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
2 Sep 08
We have seagulls around the KMart and WalMart hunting for free food droppings as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
25 Sep 08
Thank you for the br
@BarBaraPrz (27744)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Sep 08
Well, it only looks dirty because it's so shallow, but I bet the water was clean enough. And hey! Who wouldn't want their own pool instead of having to go down to the Y all the time?
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@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
1 Sep 08
LOL, I suppose. We stood and watched these guys for a while and they really did seem content. Maybe the pond was too crowded for them?
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@BarBaraPrz (27744)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
1 Sep 08
Oh! I just remembered about one place I worked... part of the building was two storeys high, and part was just one storey with a flat rooftop, visible from the windows on the second floor. One spring, there was quite a pond developing in one corner of the roof from the melting snow, and a few migrating ducks decided it was a nice place to build a nest and raise their brood, right there downtown.
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• United States
2 Sep 08
its strage i saw a crowded pond before it was crazy
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@Hatley (164171)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Sep 08
hi ldyjarhead I live close to the Tustin hills and up in the hills we have deer and coyotes and bobcats. Last fall when we had those horrible wildfires here the blazes drove the poor frightened soot covered deer down into t he streets of Tustin. the wildlife people had to cart them to a different area that was not on fire. the poor things were just frantic. the air was full of smoke and ashes, and we had to use our air condioner and keep our doors and windows closed. I am allergic and boy was that a rough time trying to breathe. wow. We also have a possum who comes into our yard in the middle of the night and tips over our garbage can. I met him one night and he was so fat I did not think he cou ld crawl under the fence but he did after he snarled at me for scolding him. lol.
@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
1 Sep 08
Oh, how sad about the animals and the fire. I'm sure that was nasty for everyone around there. I know I wouldn't have been able to breathe either. I can't even stand the smell of smoke on my clothes and hair after sitting around a fire outside.
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@snowy22315 (97729)
• United States
1 Sep 08
It's not urban around here, but where I used to live it was kind of a nature oasis in the middle of a big suburban development. it was about 40 acres of woodland in the middle of this area. It might have been alittle more than that I'm not sure really, but the woods wee just full of critters who had been forced into this little oasis. You could not walk through there without seeing deer,turtles squirrels, snakes, chipmunks and all kinds of htings. They all looked healthy and had learned to live for the most part in this space. They were pretty habituated to people also because there were walking, biking paths all through there that were well utilized.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Various Ducks - taken in July at the Como Zoo, St. Paul Minnesota.
First off here is a shot of various breeds of Minnesotan ducks from a zoo visit I took back in July. I have no idea what breeds though. Hahaha! I love near a nature Center. I see ducks and geese and a few otjher vcritters that will sit in puddles after a storm as opposed to sitting in the creek or ponds at thre nature center. So it seems these critters have adapted to the urban enviroment very well. I have had geese and duck sititing in my yard in a small puddle in the past. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10241)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I've seen ducks messing around in the oily puddles outside the Firestone in the middle of St Louis Park, of all places. Yuck ...
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
1 Sep 08
Everybody adapts and where do you go if there's little else in your perception ? Ducks playing around are par for the course. My uncle used to keep ducks in his beack yard and when I was a kid I used to go there and play with them. Loads of fun !
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@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
1 Sep 08
I love to watch the birds after a good rain when they take a back in the puddles that are in the streets and on sidewalks. I plan to get a birdbath next year, one that hangs, and put it on the garage. I can't get a pedestal type or Cookie would have a murder-fest! That dog loves to eat birds.
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@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Great picture Ldyjarhead. I have a few pictures that my husband & I took of some seagulls at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, but I can't figure out how to attach one to my post here. There is no link. Shouldn't I be able to? What am I doing wrong? HELP!
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I can add an image if I start a new discussion myself, no problem there. But, when replying to a new discussion that someone else started there is no link to "add image". Hmmm... weird, cause I think I've done it before.
• United States
28 Sep 08
I have seen ducks and other critters (such as squirrels) make good use of urban development. Where I live, it's kinda city kinda suburb but there are plenty of trees around.
@sweety_81 (2125)
• India
4 Sep 08
Yes ; I have seen such Ducks and / or other birds who bathe in such Puddles . Still; these happen much lesser .
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
2 Sep 08
A long time ago in a place far, far away... Sorry, got caught up in Star Wars there. A long time ago I worked in downtown Baltimore in a skyscraper. I worked on the 28th floor, but this building was 33 stories high. A Peregrin Falcon roosted on the 33rd floor, outside a window on the ledge. It was a wide ledge, mind you, but still... geesh! It's certainly no mountain! It was quite the story in the news; TV, newspapers, all over the place people were talking about this falcon. There were even 'tours' set up so people could go up and try to see her. She was named "Scarlet". I'm not sure why she got that name, but our company had a male Peregrin falcon brought in to be her mate. She seemed to love the idea, too, because before too long, there were eggs in her nest, then babies! Of course, his name was "Rhett". It was so awesome to see these birds, living and surviving well in downtown Baltimore City! I was once standing by my window on the 28th floor, just looking at the scenery (when I was on a break, of course ) and I saw Scarlet flying and gliding through the sky. She got closer and closer and eventually landed on the ledge right outside the window where I was standing. She kind of paced back and forth, looking at me while I was looking at her. All of a sudden, I felt like an exhibition in a zoo! These birds are HUGE! Her feet were as big as my hands. I had no idea they were that large until I got the opportunity to see one only 2 feet away (with a thick pane of glass between us, thankfully!).
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
I love the way they obviously decided they wanted their own little private pool (maverick ducks) and didn't want to share the big pond with the others! Good for them! We have a family of blue tongue lizards which enjoy basking on the edge of our pond - they should be coming out of hibernation soon, so I'll have to take a photo of them.