They have their own Duckdom out on the ice in the Niagara River. So many ducks… I have to wonder how they get along for food in winter conditions.
What I did not tell you last post, was it is not legal to feed the wildlife at the Falls, and that means all wildlife. It is posted. 😦
But that does not stop the songbird enthusiasts, they even hang feeders in the woods. Not me though.
But not feeding the ducks is for good reason. Why you ask?
If you want an information packed post on the reasons to not feed ducks and also to see these waterways clear of this much ice, see my post, Ducks Over the Falls. And yes, ducks do go over the Falls and not to a good end. It is one reason not to encourage them in this area. The post talks about the transition over the years of the number of ducks that come here. Check out the post before and after Ducks Over the Falls too. Both are places you will unlikely ever see in winter.
When I first moved here, people would feed them bread and corn. I see the ducks diving for food, but it seems like a hard life.
Does it not look like the ducks are in the arctic in this post? Mallards do summer in Alaska according the range map and are here year round.
A lot of time is spent flying from ice flow to ice flow, with little more happening than just sitting on the ice. They seem to just wait out the cold weather and ice.
The Queen sitting high, presiding over the realm of Duckdom. A knight at her side.
I visited Duckdom three times, at 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm.
I live so close I can get here easily. I figured if I show up at different times I might catch the waterfowl doing something interesting. Nope, they just hang out on the ice all day. A few were bobbing for vegetation.
Wow, I got some action out of a few!
I think this is ice from Lake Erie seen above. The Ice Boom is located there to prevent all but a small amount ice to enter the River. Removed in Spring, all the remaining ice comes floating down the Niagara River.
Maybe I need to pay more attention, but ducks really don’t do much (that is why I made up Duckdom). Geese either. I saw a few nibbling grass where it was not covered in snow, but not feeding on much else.
I have to admit, it almost is an obsession to know what they do all day. The little birds are active constantly it seems.
The park’s workers do not want the geese or gulls. Too much bird droppings. The gulls soil the lamp posts and railings. The geese, well just think what a few hundred of them do to where tourists walk.
Just enjoy whatever it is the ducks, geese and gulls are up to. They got me stumped, maybe you have some ideas. If I did not see some fly, I would think they do absolutely nothing all day.
Next post is Duckdom Part 2. Duckdom gets invaded and by whom you ask? Yes, something finally happened in Duckdom and I did not have to make it up!