So one of the things I’ll miss the most about living in Bothell is having baby duckies within walking distance. This spring was the best. There were lots and lots of babies, and most of them had absolutely no fear. When they saw a human with food, they were all over that. B and I got completely mobbed several times, and it was completely delightful.
The parents would keep an eye on us, but they weren’t really concerned. Apparently everybody who comes through there is fairly kind to the waterfowl. They don’t even mind the noise and chaos of the ballgame crowds. They’ll go right on up and beg from the spectators.
The ducklings are incredible amounts of fun. They’ll climb right into your hands or your bag looking for grub.
On one walk, I got lucky enough to get surrounded by goslings, ducklings, and parents, without getting mauled. It’s eerie, being surrounded by hissing adults. But the babies are so sweet!
They were fresh out of the creek. One of the adults was covered in water droplets, and was kind enough to hold still and let me photograph it.
They hissed at me when I wasn’t quick enough on the draw with the food, but they let their babies crowd up all around me without offering any violence.
I love this particular gosling. It looks so concerned.
The most enchanting thing about that day was the silent gentleman in Chinese clothing who watched us from beneath the trees, smiling gently. He was so delighted with the proceedings. Once I’d finished and walked away, he took over baby feeding duties, and I looked back to see them gathered around his feet. Lovely!
Moments like that make life complete and perfect.
I have made you a whole video full of baby duckie and gosling feeding joy. I hope it brings many giggles and much happiness to your day, my darlings. You deserve it!