ducks crossing the road…

Mallard Duck Photo

Mr F and I were driving north on the #5 freeway (also known as Golden State Freeway) around 8:45 pm this evening.   The traffic was light, and we were going fast, when around a curve we came upon, and nearly hit, a family of ducks in our lane.   We just saw the bright green of their heads, and Mr F had a split second to try avoid them.

  • “Was that what I thought it was?”
  • “Why were they crossing the road, and not flying?”
  • “Did they have babies with them?”

We drove past too quickly to answer our own questions.

We know we didn’t hit them, because we didn’t feel a *bump*, but on this dark night we don’t think they’re going to survive their walk across one of the busiest freeways, to the L.A. River on the other side.

“I’m sure they must be feather’s and blood by now,” Mr F commented when we drove into our garage.

I hope not ….


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5 Responses to ducks crossing the road…

  1. funny, I’ve been noticing more birds walking this spring, and thought maybe I just hadn’t seen it before… I saw a bird walk in their uniquely amusing and ill-suited way — swagger, swagger, pince, pince — and wondered ‘now, really would it have taken less energy to fly across the road, why in the world would a bird walk?’ so, what’s up?

  2. Whoa! Same thing happened to me on Buford International Highway in ATL — when traffic was stopped both ways, 6 lanes, while a posse of Canada geese — in NO special hurry — was taking its collective life in its hands by strolling across this highway where people die doing the same thing on an almost daily basis. Cars ground to a halt in both directions — and drivers were being hyper-vigilant to be sure nobody sped by and creamed ’em. I like Julia’s point though — why don’t they just fly across???

  3. dearrosie says:

    That’s interesting! We three live far from each other – on opposite coasts – and yet we’ve all seen birds walking and not flying. Can anyone tell us what’s going on?

  4. I think in the Spring, there are ducklings with the parent ducks, so they have to walk, because they’ve just been born. Maybe that’s why there are so many wandering ducks this time of the year.

    I know it’s been a year since you wrote this, but I hope thost ducks got safely across, and this year have brought their own ducklings safely across! 🙂

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi happykidshappymom nice to welcome you here. The L.A. River is right next to the freeway so when the duck families decide to take a walk they have to walk across one of the busiest freeways in the United States. I do hope they got across safely.

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