Texas is in the grip of a terrible drought. The local city park has a scenic lake that has dropped about 3 feet. I took our 4 year old granddaughter to the park Sat in spite of the heat, for something to do. The ducks came right up to us, which they almost never do, begging with their eyes and quacking. They were so hungry. We went back Sunday with layer pellets and hen scratch and fed them until their crops nearly dragged the ground. Several people showed up and threw bread, like feeding a toddler Micky-D's french fries for life and wondering why they are such a unhealthy adult. We counted 37-40 ducks, total and 2 Chinese geese. That is a lot of birds on a small lake with no visible means of supporting the population. Also, we counted 11 mallard type drakes and at least 1 pekin drake in the bunch. That seems like an awful lot of drakes and some of the ducks look beat up. There is 1 lonely looking Muscovie brown and white female that seemed happy to nestle down next to the tire on DH's truck where she could watch him at the picnic table. It sure was tempting to put her in the truck. We sat there for over 2 hours enjoying the ducks doing what ducks do. We went to the feed store today and bought layer pellets and fed the ducks again. I guess we will be self appointed duck feeders until this drought breaks and there are insects and grass for them to graze again. The sad part is that good intenders show up with bread and we even found a pile of cocoa puffs cereal. The Muscovie came back to my DH and nestled down again and took a nap. There is a mix of pekins, mallard types, a possible welsh harlequin female, a couple of black-cayuga mix maybe? at least 2 with top knots and the splotchy brown/white mixes. The best part is my DH just became a duck fan! I have wanted ducks but we are not set up for ducks, so am waiting until we get moved out on our land. (having it logged now and getting it ready to build-SLOW PROCESS) DH loved the ducks and commented that he had no idea how relaxing it was to watch the ducks. And he is all on board for feeding the ducks this summer so they don't go hungry. And he even likes the Muscovie, a good thing cause she sure has taken up with him. Now he wants a duck pond of our very own.