As if you needed more proof ducks can't read. Seen at lunchtime in the Public Garden - where I had one squirrel and one sparrow come after me when they thought I was reaching for food instead of my camera.
Samuel Trafidio spotted a crowded tree limb in Jamaica Pond today.
Mary Ellen says it looked like she caught a wood duck in mid-sneeze the other day on the Jamaica Plain side of Leverett Pond.
A concerned citizen reports tonight:
Attention! Two ducks stranded across from Christian Science plaza There are two ducks taking shelter in the enclosed walk way. I don't know how long they've been there but I'm worried about their condition. I've called animal control but they aren't very helpful.
La Bibliotequetress stuck around just long enough to make sure the ducks didn't eat that guy by the bench yesterday.
A concerned citizen complains:
I don't want to be a wet blanket, but every evening when I walk through the Public Garden between 5 and 6, I see this gentleman feeding the geese and ducks, in spite of the fact that such feeding is not allowed - I would normally let it go, but he feeds them practically every night, and he feeds them a lot! If this really harms the critters, someone should talk to him - otherwise, they should remove the signs!
The Animal Rescue League of Boston comes through today with the save.
Not something you see every day in the heart of the North End:
I think that the duck was a mommy duck looking for Valentineâ€™s Day treats for her little ducklings.
A mother and two babies paddled through the harbor by Puopolo Park in the North End.
The Revere Journal reports on what draws the hunters to Revere - and why its state rep wants to keep them out.
Mike the Mad Biologist chronicles the adventures of the mama duck for whom park workers built special housing in the Public Garden.
Fortunately, there was a happy ending. Kristin MacDougall at the MWRA reports a woman walking her dog at Deer Island called the MWRA when she noticed mama and poppa duck quacking for help at a storm drain yesterday.
The Daily Item reports the 80-year-old duck feeder refuses to stop, no matter how large the bill, she says God is on her side.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reinstated a man's conviction of cruelty to animals for squashing a mother duck leading her ducklings across a mall parking lot in Dartmouth in June, 2009.
A jury found Joshua Linares guilty, but the judge then entered a finding of not guilty, arguing that even if Linares had accelerated right into the duck, the duck had stepped under the car, that the duck was "a wild animal" and that the "defendant was under no obligation to stop, even if he knew he hit the duck."
Bob took some video of the large stripers in the water between Long Wharf and the Aquarium - and how they beat a frustrated duck to the hunks of bread he threw to them:
Romeo and Juliet? This year's swans are more like dual Lady Macbeths. Mike the Mad Biologist chronicles the avian war on the lagoon:
... One day I saw one swan prevent the flock of ducklings from entering the pond: wherever the ducks went to try to jump in, the swan was right there hissing at them. That day, the swan even jumped out of the water and pursued them on land.
Instead of a beautiful lagoon to float around in when they arrived in the Public Garden today, all they found was a giant field of mud, with a little rivulet running through it.
The Boston Parks Department says it had hoped to have the lagoon cleaned and ready for filling by now, but the nor'easter mucked things up.
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