Why are my ducks looking at me so funny?!?!

Nifty-Chicken

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Just a quick story: I was outside today and walked by our ducks and noticed that one was looking at me really funny. Her head was cocked totally to the side... I was wondering if something was wrong with her since she never looks at us like that.

Then I noticed the other 2 ducks doing the same thing. OH NO... it's contagious! Then it hit me... "DUH... they are looking up!"

So, I followed their gaze upward to see a hawk circling above.
 

duckyfromoz

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I love seeing my whole flock look up at the same time- usually at a bird or plane... The cutest though- was a duck I used to have with only 1 eye - it would cock its head...then turn its head and do it with the side that had the eye...




Hope the hawk didnt stay around long.
 

nettie

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mine do that with airplanes and seagulls. lol... Not many hawks here in chicago, that i've seen.... Our ducks once freaked out and hid in their dog house when a *gasp* newpaper flew in the air near by... so silly
 

Mom 2em All

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My ducks do that too! Airplanes must look like very very BIG hawks!
I think they are so smart- they notice much things much faster than I do. I make a crappy rooster. They get real tall and skinny and have their heads turned, looking up and I realize that something is up there- ninety percent of the time it is a seagull or an airplane (I live less than two miles from the airport), but many times it is a hawk.

When they were little, every time an airplane came over to prepare for landing, they would run as fast as their waddle-feet would let them right next to me. Now though, they just become pencil-thin. lol.
 

FenDruadin

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My ducks have gotten fat and lazy and hardly notice a thing. They don't have to--their protector goose does all their watching for them. Even the drakes are lazy about it now.

Oh, and they totally ignore airplanes anyway, because we live a mile south and directly under a runway for a major international airport. They'd never eat at all if they were gazing at airplanes every time one went overhead! lol
 

chickboss

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I will never get enough of that look! LOL, they are so funny. I get it every time I go past a brooder. My older ducks do it in the yard of course, but the babies. They just look so wise when they do it. It's like the KNOW something...cracks me up! I missed it somewhere, what kind of ducks do you have?
 

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