Today's moment of summer

Empire State Plaza Capitol ducks on reflecting pool 2018-07-18

Ducky. Just ducky.


There are 11 adolescent wood ducks in Washington Park.

She was out at lunch with eight ducklings. Eight. She's going to be a very tired mama duck.

The poor mama was freaking out on Tuesday night! Somehow, one of them was separated, with 7 in the first small pool (where the art was removed) and one loner in the large pool.

The mother kept jumping/flying up to cross in between, but the ducklings couldn't follow her out that way. After trying (and failing) to lure the stranded one up ramps with bread, a few bystanders joined me and we waded in to corral the little peeper when mama wasn't looking, so she wouldn't attack us.

The woman that scooped it up quickly placed it in with the others, something mama apparently missed. She was on the sidewalk between, quacking incessantly. I walked over a bit later with my dog and found her still on the sidewalk, but by the time we left she figured it out and had rejoined them all in the first pool.

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