(Toledo, OH) The stream that flows through Foxglove Meadow park in West Toledo has become the summer home for a flock of ducks. These particular ducks are of the mallard variety (A. platyrhynchos) and, while quite common in the United States, are nevertheless enjoyable to watch.
This particular flock began the season as two nesting pairs, and I have seen as many as 15 ducks congregating at any one time. I observed quite a bit of aggressive behavior among the two males earlier in the year, but the flock seems to be getting along better in the fall.
This pair seemed content to stand beside each other as the other ducks chased after some bird seed I brought along.
Perhaps they had already eaten, or perhaps they were watching the festivities with the same sort of bemusement as I.
It was a pleasant afternoon to be wandering along the stream banks and passing time with water fowl. Soon the flock will head in a southerly direction for unknown parts; I hope that they return to my neighborhood next year.