Do ducks know the date?

My morning constitutional often takes me past the biggest of our irrigation ponds which is home to a variety of wild life.

I’m not sure if I’m imagining this, but it seems that the ducks which normally don’t worry too much about the dog and me walking past have got increasingly flighty over the last couple of weeks.

Is it possible they know duck shooting opens today?

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2 Responses to Do ducks know the date?

  1. Linda Reid says:

    Yes, ducks do know the date. I grew up on a farm in Northland. We never had duck shooters on the property and on the first weekend in may our duck population had grown from a couple of hundred to literally thousands. The neighbours hated us. But that may also have been because their maimai was set up not far from the end of our airstrip, and it’s also time for topdressing…

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  2. Colin Lucas says:

    Western Springs in Auckland is chocka.

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