18 Oct Have You Seen These Odd Ducks?
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If you have gone for a walk in a park, you may have seen odd ducks.
They might have appeared in assorted colors, with crests, or both.
When I first saw such ducks in a local park, I thought I had discovered a new species. Fortunately the experts at my local Audubon chapter were kind.
Actually, these are domestic ducks that had (most likely) been released in your area.
Sometimes people buy a cute chick as a pet and then become shocked when it grows up. An adult duck has many quirks that make it a bothersome house pet (compared to a fuzzy little chick that’s content to stay in a box). For example, they nip, fly, and quack.
So these ducks end up being set loose in a park.
The odd colors are the result of breeding with other domestic ducks or with Mallards.
For info, real Mallards look like the ducks in the photo below.
PS: Two of these domestic duck photos appear in Funny Birds.
Help Birds Tip
Take in pets only when you know what to expect.
Why: Releasing a pet is bad for the pet and bad for the environment. Some perish. Others cause havoc.
Better: First, conduct appropriate research. Then visit Adopt a Pet to locate an animal shelter in your area.
I recommend supporting The American Bird Conservancy (ABC). See: American Bird Conservancy
The ABC published an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation