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Does anyone else ever go to this pond? There is always a big collection of mallards and mallard-crosses and Canada geese on the pond, attracted by the townspeople who feed them bread and scraps. (If I lived there, I would propose to the city council that they put in coin dispensers where people can at least buy waterfowl food if they HAVE to feed the birds, but I just visit from time to time.) Anyway, I was there last night and I saw a couple of purebred Pekins, and a Toulouse goose, which didn't surprise me given how common they are, and a beautiful Cayuga, which surprised me a lot! My 9-year-old son came up and said "there's a Cayuga!," and I was distracted and said "not here, maybe another mostly black duck," and he said "it looks JUST like OUR Cayugas," and I looked up and lo and behold it was definitely a Cayuga. It was in fine feather and obvious good health, and I wondered how it got there.

Next time I am going to bring my camera so I can pictures of some of the interesting crosses I saw, so we can play the guess the parentage game!

Ducks, mostly Golden 300s, Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins and Swedish. Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze and Blue Slate turkeys, Old English Game bantams, and Red Laced Blue Wyandottes.
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Ducks, mostly Golden 300s, Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins and Swedish. Bourbon Red, Standard Bronze and Blue Slate turkeys, Old English Game bantams, and Red Laced Blue Wyandottes.
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