It's extremely cold here right now. Our high today was 9 degrees. After wind ensemble rehearsal I went for a walk around campus and came across a little gathering of waterfowl. As I approached, the ducks actually got up from where they were sitting and waddled toward me (maybe they thought I'd have handouts). When I stopped to watch them, two brightly colored mallards came right up to my feet, sat down on the pavement, and proceeded to snuggle up into their feathers as if to go to sleep. When I crouched down to take a picture, this little guy didn't even flinch--just watched as I edged the lens of my camera right up next to him.
I feel kinda bad for these guys. I know they're built for the outdoors, but on a day like today they've really got to be suffering. Wish I could let them stay the night. A ducky sleepover! What a mess I'd have the morning after that party!