BE RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS
Lori and I came home from a very long trip to find a wild mallard drake in our yard. It came from the garden pond in our front lawn. He was obviously injured and looked like he couldn’t fly. While I was trying to figure out how to help the injured duck Lori pointed to a sight that was truly amazing. Coming out of our pond was a mallard hen with four baby ducklings.
I quickly realized that the drake wasn’t hurt at all, but was faking injury to distract our attention. I had seen the behavior before when I found a clutch of baby killdeers. While I looked down at the baby birds crouching down in the grass. The father flopped around on the ground with one wing stretched out like he was dying. It is funny that the Latin name for killdeer is: “Charadrius vociferous”. Or “loud faker”.
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