July 4th, 2006

independence day

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends, hope your day is filled with fun, friends and family (as you prefer *g*).

This has been a fun 2 days for me. I started off yesterday on a shopping mission and ended up saving a mother duck and her 6 chicks! They had a nest in the middle of a mall parking lot, on one of the busiest streets in Ottawa. I called the Wild Bird Centre, and they suggested I catch the mother with a towel (they *claimed* that would be easy) and the chicks would follow. I could then drive them down to the bird centre, and they would make sure they were okay and release them by the water. I was shocked. I expected to just report it and have someone else (like a professional) come out and deal with it.

So, acting on their advice, and with the help of a woman and her 8-9 year old daughter, we managed to wrangle the mother (she was a fiesty one!) into the car. The daughter picked up all 6 chicks and off we went to the centre. I was impressed that we managed to make it to the centre without an 'incident' in the car.

The chicks were absolutely adorable, and couldn't have been that old at all. You could hardly feel them in your hands. They looked like this guy - http://www.gamebird.com/ducksgeeseswans.html but about 1/2 the size. Their little cheeps were sooooo cute! It was also pretty darn cute that Alana (the daughter) named the most adventerous babies Marianne and James.

I called the bird centre today, and they checked them all over and released them at a quarry near the centre this morning. They have no idea what would have compelled this duck to nest at a bank in a mall, with no water or source of food.

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Hubby and I are going out to dinner with a friend of his friend, then I have to face the reality that I'm going back to work tomorrow. It has been really nice pretending these last couple of days. It was especially helped along by my machine crashing and me forgetting the power-on password *g*. I could call the on-call pager, but meh.