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Where have all the Palo Alto Ducks gone?

Original post made by Baylands, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 27, 2019

I am talking about the mallards, that used to be plentiful at the Duckpond. Not a duck in the duckpond although there may have been some in the pools. No seagulls or Canada geese in the duckpond either. Where have all the ducks gone?

Today there were lots of people around, but sadly no restrooms open. The new boardwalk looks nice though. :)

Comments (5)

Posted by Peking Duck
a resident of Community Center
on May 27, 2019 at 5:11 pm

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Posted by less racist explanation
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

More likely, all the dredging work in the baylands over the last couple of years just scared them away. All the heavy equipment is gone now, so maybe they will return next winter.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 29, 2019 at 11:07 am

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

We used to have a lot of ducks in the Adobe Creek because we had a lot of vegetation for them to hide in -they were very comfortable there. This was in the Louis Road area. Now they have to remove the vegetation and keep the creek clean due to mosquito requirements. Also spraying for mosquitos later when it is really hot. Maybe we are reducing the number of areas they can live in. Check out the end of San Antonio going into the bay - Another bird area. We also had larger fish coming upstream in Adobe Creek but do not see any now. Possibly reduction in the amount of water flow to the bay. Less watering.


Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 29, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Back in the old days our creeks were full of toads in the springtime.
You could hear them croaking all night.
Used to have monarch butterflies, June bugs, honey bees and earthworms.
Garden of Eden no more.


Posted by Bananaphobia
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 29, 2019 at 9:11 pm

> Back in the old days our creeks were full of toads in the springtime.
You could hear them croaking all night.
Used to have monarch butterflies, June bugs, honey bees and earthworms.
Garden of Eden no more.

^^^Much of their natural habitats have been destroyed by development.

In regards to the monarch butterfly, when was the last time you saw milkweed?
No milkweed = no monarchs.

Just crows & squirrels nowadays as they can survive practically anywhere.

The same thing is occurring in regards to PA population...a gradual displacement of one group of people by another.


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