Westmoreland Park is a lovely park in Southeast Portland, Oregon. It encompasses roughly 42 acres in the Westmoreland neighborhood. The park has many features including sports fields, a playground, and ponds.
Today we just visited one of the smaller ponds in the restored wetlands area of the park. This part of the park was revamped adding the wetlands which is allowing for the return of migrating salmon to the stream.
We didn’t see any salmon today but we did see other urban wildlife
The much larger rectangle pond has been drained for the season but there are still places to swim.
This Mallard was particularly friendly.
He swam right next to me and I started talking to him and he just kept getting closer and closer. I could see the water droplets on his feathers. He seemed to like my voice so I just kept talking. I told him how handsome he was and “Wow! What a good swimmer.” and all that.
Someone high above my head watched it all play out. Little did the crow know that I had peanuts for him. Sorry nothing for you ducks, not today.
Crow got his peanuts and the Mallard and one of his cohorts followed along.
I hope this family has food for them although there is a sign that states “Do Not Feed The Ducks”. I think people do anyway.
I googled what to feed ducks. Don’t feed them bread!!
- Corn (canned, frozen or fresh)
- Duck pellets (sold online and at pet stores)
- Lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces)
- Frozen peas (defrosted)
- Oats (rolled or instant)
- Seeds (including birdseed or other varieties)
This is my daughter Sara. She loves animals too. That makes her all the more lovable herself.
We will revisit this place, much more to see as the weather warms.
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