I enjoy the birds quite a bit. Our house backs up to a preserve so we get an amazing variety of birds. Ella loves stocking her bird feeder. As you can see, the local raccoon likes to help herself to the bird food also.
My favorite visitors though, are these guys.
They showed up in our yard one day a couple of weeks ago. I went outside with some bread and the male one immediately starting squawking and then they both backed away. I left the bread out for them and when I went back into the house, they came back and got their snack.
The next day they came back and this time the girls were home. We went out with the bread again and the ducks backed off again, returning when we went in the house.
They quickly learned that a visit to our back yard would result in them being fed, so they visit us every single day. After about a week we named them Fred and Ginger.
Ginger has become a little bit more bold now. She will actually walk up onto the patio and she looks in the glass door. It's as if she's saying "Hellooo, I'm here. Do you have my bread?" Fred is a little more cautious. He comes a little closer now, but still likes to keep his eye on things. If Ginger comes too close to us, he starts squawking until she backs up.
They will usually eat and wonder around the yard a little. Sometimes they will nap under one of the trees. Then when they are ready they will waddle on out back into the preserve. I assume they have a nest in the area somewhere.
They now have their own water bowl and another bowl that we put seed in.
(After all, ducks cannot live on bread alone!)
I actually worry about them if I don't see them for a certain period of time. And we've had to increase the bread budget a bit, but I love their daily visits - they make me smile.