I went outside to birdwatch and take photographs with my new lens. (These Duck photos were taken with the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO DG OS HSM Telephoto Zoom Lens.)
I expected to see House Finches or American Goldfinches at our feeder, but not Mallard Ducks! To my amazement, these ducks flew into our backyard to graze on bird seed!
We do live near water, and Mallard Ducks are one of the most common ducks to see here, but I didn’t know that they would eat bird seed! We were feeding the birds a cheap mix of seeds that included corn, red milo, white milo, safflower and sunflower seeds. It’s anyone’s guess which seed or grain that the Mallards liked most, but I guess if you want ducks to come to your bird feeder, provide a mix!
Note that the Mallards didn’t actually land ON our bird feeder, which is good, because their feet are webbed and they must weigh A LOT compared to the little song birds (who knows if our feeder could even handle that!). They just ate bird seed from under the feeder. I often spill out the old seed onto the ground when I refill my platform feeder, and if I don’t do that, birds like the Red-Winged Blackbirds will help the ground birds by tossing out a lot of seed too.
The female was hungrier than the male… The male stood around on lookout much of the time!
Have you ever had ducks or other waterfowl visit your bird feeders? I’d love to hear about it!