How do they know? These wild creatures feel no threat from this child, and happily come to her for a bit of corn.
How silly of me to state, “Don’t run down there with the food, you’ll scare them.” She merely ignored my warning and told me that she needed to get close to her ducks. Obviously she was right.
Despite my saying in a previous post about the Mallards that I did not think it a good idea to feed them, another blogger who does fantastic shots of birds (here), suggested that it might be ok to leave them some cracked corn. At least it is better for them than bread, and they do love it.
She is determined to work up to having them eat out of her hand. We’ll see if that is the case – you never know!
Our location seems to be ideal and non threatening for these mallards. Although they don’t make an appearance every day, on the days they do, all I have to do is open the door and they come waddling my way. Sometimes they will swoop in flying, other times, they swim around. We suspect a nest is nearby and hope to see little ones one day.
Once we spotted the mallards on this afternoon, she quickly grabbed a pair of old boots that were lying around, and a sweatshirt that was made to be a lion outfit for a school activity. No slow moving or hesitation on her part; she seemed to know that they would welcome her.