Today I took the baby to City Park. I had seen people feeding the ducks many times so this trip I took some bread to feed them thinking this would be a fun experience for all involved. Just behind the museum I spotted some ducks hanging out and thought this would be a great place to stop. No sooner had I sat the little one’s feet in the grass did the ducks and geese start to waddle toward us from the edge of the water. At first things were ok but they just kept getting closer and closer and before I knew it the geese were just a foot from the baby. They are as tall as he is and seemingly unafraid of humans. So, I picked him up and we walked back a few steps but he overly friendly waterfowl just kept on coming. When the pigeons swooped in, I knew it was time to go. I threw the slices of bread I had left and walked briskly to the car.

We then drove around to the playground area where we played and were able to toss the rest of our bread to some ducks in the water who were much more respectful of our personal space. And when I say ‘we’ threw the bread I mean ‘me’ because though the baby seemed to like the birds he just ate his bread. Lesson learned; few birds – cool, lots of birds a la The Birds– not cool

3 Comments so far

  1. Craig (no_craig) on June 20th, 2008 @ 4:38 am

    There is a laudromat a few doors down from our restaurant. Folks waiting on their laundry sometimes think it’s neat to toss bread from their lunch out onto the sidewalk to feed the pigeons. All it does is attract more of these flying rats into the space around my customers. My dream is to wait until about 30 of the bastids are flocked tightly around one piece of bread and shotgun them all at the same time.

    …but I guess that might project a bad image.

  2. caderoux on June 20th, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    I would avoid Lafreniere Park, then – the various fowl are extremely aggressive. However, there are also numerous nutria, rabbits and chickens there.

  3. Rayna (rayna) on June 20th, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    probably not the image you are looking for, but if you are ever that desperate for publicity then you have a backup plan.

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