I was at a huge shopping center with a couple of different food stores and many fast food places. There are always seagulls, pigeons, and sparrows there in the parking lot eating the bounty of dropped popcorn, spilled chips, and half eaten donuts and burger buns. Yesterday, they were joined by a pair of mallard ducks. Very likely purebred mallards. Perhaps (also very likely) wild mallard ducks. They were quite small and beautifully colored, so they were not backyard pets from a hatchery. There is no duck appropriate habitat anywhere near the parking lot. It's in a business zone with blocks of paved parking lots all around, so they didn't just walk over from across the street. Ducks. You who own ducks know how self-important they can be. This pair was making traffic stop for them. They were marching around and eating whatever they could find that appealed to them. But it had to be good stuff. There was a pile of some sort of pink iced pastry that the seagulls checked out and abandoned. The ducks went over and looked and they didn't want it either. Doritos, on the other hand, are a premium score. There would be just about zero chance of catching these birds, since they were staying well away from people. Plus a really good chance they could fly. I just thought it was interesting to encounter ducks working a parking lot like the pigeons do. It's the first time I've seen it except for the parking lot at the river park, and even there, they prefer to stay close to the water and are rarely in the parking lot.