21 thoughts on “Silent Sunday: May 3, 2020

    • Your knowledge of actual names of flowers and other animals is so broad! Awesome.
      So that’s what they’re called. It’ll be fun to see the Pekin ducks from your neck of the woods.
      Happy to hear that you’re taking pictures on your walks!

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      • Thanks Esther – I try to research a little to see what I discovered and I’d never seen those Pekin ducks before so learned a little about them. I will probably use those pictures in the next few weeks. I have a few new posts coming up this weekend, one is done, the other, not quite and they will be about Mother’s Day. I am happy to be taking the camera along again – I went on a route today that I used to take before I discovered Council Point Park and was gone almost two hours as I got engrossed in taking pictures – some I will use for Wordless Wednesday posts.

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      • Linda, I think it’s great you research what you see! It makes a difference in helping you appreciate what you see more. I’m learning a lot from you. Looking forward to seeing your Pekin duck photos. We like to feed ducks and we give them rolled oats. It was a lesson in teaching kids how to research what to feed animals. Kind of got freaked out when the geese around the ducks started running after Ellis.
        I need to catch up on Reader this weekend. It’s been a long week. Even though we’re always home it seems there’s more to do. The hours blend. Surreal experience. I’m sure this is reflective of this pandemic.
        Hope you are enjoying your picture taking! It’s a fun and creative process.

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      • I am learning from you too Esther as I didn’t know ducks liked rolled oats. I have rolled oats every morning for breakfast so always have it at the house – do you pour out some and it floats on the water? I used to take them oyster crackers as I heard bread gives them a syndrome called “angel wing” – their wings become misshapen. The oyster crackers float on the water as well. Yes, the days seem to run into one another, even though I have been working from home since 2011 – it is the sameness that overwhelms you sometimes. I usually went on longer trips to bigger parks every weekend but I am trying to stay away from pumping gas due to the germs, etc. The days are really going together when I am walking since I am now walking in the neighborhoods while the Park is closed.

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      • Thanks so much! It’s great to learn together. When we asked Google, it says to feed local ducks corn, rolled oats, lettuce, frozen peas, and seeds. I just grab a small handful of the oats and throw it on the water or ground.
        The oats float on the water and they are ready to eat! I had no idea that bread was not healthy for them before we asked. So when we get the chance to feed the ducks, we take some with us. My kids are very protective of the ducks and when they see other people feeding them bread, they get upset. I tell them that it’s not their job to go around telling people since that would upset others. It’s a tough situation to resolve with the kids and teaching them what to say or not in which situations.
        I totally get you about pumping gas. The world is a different place now and regular things like pumping gas can be a health hazard. Enjoy your walks. We too are limited to our block here.
        Take care and have a good rest of this Tuesday!

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      • I will try the oatmeal next time I am at the places with ducks. I went to Heritage Park and to the River last weekend as there are lots of ducks … I was looking for ducklings – I went empty-handed and felt bad but at Heritage Park, usually a haven for mallards, there were none. I wondered if they were on nests and the male nearby. I only heard about the bread recently – I don’t think it was promoted much as a hazard before – I’ve been feeding the ducks bread for years until I learned about it. Hard to tell kids what to do sometimes but they are saying that for the good of the ducks. You take care too Esther. I am two days behind in Reader again and I need to get to bed earlier tonight and caught up on sleep first. I do worry about lack of sleep – I’ve not been anywhere in public like a store or gas station, but eventually will have to so should keep my immune system healthy and sleep more.

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      • I had no idea bread was unhealthy for the ducks either till last year. Pretty soon they’ll need gluten free treats. lol.
        Teaching kids is a tricky endeavor that needs so much discernment and sensitivity. Even with all that effort, it’s still hard.
        Take care and keep healthy!! It sounds like you are taking all the precautions to stay well. Good night and happy blogging. 🙂

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      • Ha ha – the gluten free treats; that made me smile. I had no idea and I would say I had gone to the River or Elizabeth Park and took some oyster crackers to feed the ducks … never thought anything of it (the crackers aren’t as dense as the bread though), then a Swedish photographer/fellow blogger who has dropped off the map for the last year it seems, discovered a group of mallard ducklings in a pond he passes on his bike going to/from work every day, so he bought sunflower seeds to feed them. I said “won’t they fall to the bottom of the water?” He said “no but I can’t feed them bread as they’ll develop angel wing.” That was the first I heard of it.

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      • Thought that comment would make you chuckle! We have a friend who has gluten allergies, and Ellis always ask if things are gluten free.
        I had no idea bread was harmful either! When you think of feeding birds or ducks, it’s always bread. But it’s new information I learned last year. People have good intentions though…

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      • Kids hear EVERYTHING, even when they are busy doing their own thing. Chris and I talk in Korean and they even understand the gist of what we’re saying. It’s surprising. Kids are much smarter than you think, and so is their resilience.

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