Our neighbors feed the birds pretty much every day by pouring bird seed on the edge of the road, right next to the creek. Lately though, they have been pouring the feed right at the end of their driveway. This is fine for most of the birds, who fly in and land right at the edge of the pile. But the ducks and geese walk across the road, at great peril. Last week a duck got hit by a car just as he was taking off. He landed just on the safe side of the road, near the creek, and seemed to just get the wind knocked out of him - ahem. He sat there a good while, trying to figure out what to do, or what happened, I don't know, some duck thoughts. And the whole while his duck buddy just sat there with him, and kept trying to urge him to get into the water. They'd edge closer, and then struck-duck would turn a little and walk up the road. Then duck-buddy would get on his case and he'd turn back to the water. They did this for about two hours. I saw them today for the first time since last week, swimming, still together across to the less windy, protected side of the creek.It was a real testament to their friendship, or marriage, or whatever ducks have.
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