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Old 11 April 2018, 04:07 PM
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Odd thing I saw today: A sign outside a gas station/convenience store, out by the street next to the driveway, advertising the price of candy. It read something like

"Candy:
Standard size..... $0.99
King size...... 2 for $3.50
Large bag..... some price"

Almost like the signs posting the price of gas except without the removable numbers to allow the price to be changed.
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Old 11 April 2018, 10:55 PM
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Odd thing I saw today: a duck sitting on top of a house.

Was just driving through the neighborhood and there was a duck sitting on the house. No idea why, never seen a duck do that before.
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Old 12 April 2018, 11:22 AM
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Did you hunt it? :P
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Old 12 April 2018, 06:01 PM
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No. I'm a crocoduck who hunts, not a hunter of crocoducks.

And in either case it wasn't a crocoduck, it was a mallard.
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Old 12 April 2018, 08:17 PM
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The duck probably managed to fly up there. Ducks can fly, though not as easily as other birds. Whenever I see a duck or any form of waterfowl flying, they’re always really putting a lot of effort into it, flapping their wings like crazy. They’re nowhere near as graceful out of water as they are in it
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Old 12 April 2018, 08:46 PM
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Ducks fly all the time. They manage to migrate even. Other than looking a little awkward on water landings on some occasions, I've never seen a duck have trouble flying.
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Old 13 April 2018, 08:24 AM
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Yes the pacific black duck, which is native here, flies quite well.
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Old 13 April 2018, 08:59 AM
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I've got a whole load of pictures (and a lot more pictures that I didn't take) of mallards on rooftops. The first one was on the roof opposite my flat when I first moved to High Wycombe about 8 years ago. For some reason, back then I also thought "Ha ha, a duck sitting on a roof! That's unusual! I will take a photo of it!". Whereas now I see ducks sitting on rooftops all the time. I saw one yesterday on a roof near my current flat.

I've paid enough attention to birds over my life that I don't think it was something I'd just not noticed previously, so it may depend on different behaviour in different areas. There was plenty of wildfowl near where I grew up, but it must have had places to sit that were away from people and roads without needing to sit on rooftops. Ducks like the open, so they wouldn't usually sit in trees either, but they like space. I can see why they like sitting on roofs to get away from things, but it seems that they wouldn't choose to do so if they've a better alternative. Either that or it's a comparatively recent change in behaviour...

I never thought it was unusual because of anything to do with ducks having difficulty flying. Where does that idea come from? Are all the ducks near you ornamental wildfowl with clipped wings, or something? Not all ducks migrate of course, even within different populations of the same species, and they do become semi-domesticated and tame quite easily... the ducks that hang around in your local park being fed by passers-by might not want to fly if they can help it...
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Old 13 April 2018, 10:10 AM
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Food being provided by passers-by is one occasion when you can see ducks from all over the park flying close to participate here in Hamburg.
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Old 13 April 2018, 11:25 AM
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Wild ducks are, AFAIK, all migratory birds. They don't waddle north and south. Of course they can fly.
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Old 13 April 2018, 08:12 PM
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Ducks are actually among the fastest level fliers of all birds, IIRC.
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Old 13 April 2018, 08:40 PM
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When I was in Iceland last summer some other people in my tour group commented on the flying abilities of puffins versus seagulls. Puffins, from our observations, have relatively short wings and need to flap them rapidly in order to sustain flight, whereas seagulls have long wings that they spread out and glide around. I imagine there are evolutionary reasons for these differences. I kind of think of puffins as the fighter jets of the bird world -- their shorter wings make them highly maneuverable, able to dart down and grab fish from the water. Seagulls, being more of a generalist feeder, are built more for flying for longer periods of time while searching for food.
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Old 13 April 2018, 09:28 PM
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Puffins also dive for their food and use their wings to swim. Gulls generally don't dive.
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Old 14 April 2018, 05:01 AM
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I never thought it was unusual because of anything to do with ducks having difficulty flying. Where does that idea come from? Are all the ducks near you ornamental wildfowl with clipped wings, or something? Not all ducks migrate of course, even within different populations of the same species, and they do become semi-domesticated and tame quite easily... the ducks that hang around in your local park being fed by passers-by might not want to fly if they can help it...
I've seen them flying, so I don't doubt their ability to do so. It's just the times I've seen them, they are really working hard and flapping those wings. They seem to have to work harder at flying than other birds.
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Old 14 April 2018, 05:07 AM
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Well, they're decent sized birds and their feathers are covered in waterproof oil (making them heavier). I think they just have a higher takeoff speed.
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Old 14 April 2018, 10:24 AM
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Ducks fly all the time. They manage to migrate even. Other than looking a little awkward on water landings on some occasions, I've never seen a duck have trouble flying.
Are you counting the one that partially flew into my head at Disneyland? Apparently I stood up while it was going for a landing on the Rivers of America and it couldn't avoid me entirely.
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Old 17 April 2018, 07:42 AM
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And speaking of ducks, out of the corner of my eye I just saw a bird flying past. And I am pretty sure it was going "Quack, quack, quack" So I am guessing it was more of an odd thing I heard. Not that unusual to see ducks but a little unusual to see them this close to the CBD, I think.


And it was going pretty fast.
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Old 17 April 2018, 10:17 AM
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Ducks are actually among the fastest level fliers of all birds, IIRC.
Laden or unladen?
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Old 17 April 2018, 03:56 PM
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Unladen. I'm pretty sure no one has ever tried to measure the airspeed of a duck that's carrying a coconut.
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Old 17 April 2018, 05:13 PM
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Unladen. I'm pretty sure no one has ever tried to measure the airspeed of a duck that's carrying a coconut.
[pedant]airspeed velocity[/pedant] of a bird carrying a coconut...
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