Sunday, April 19, 2015

LA River: Not Everyone Was Happy About Yesterday's Clean Up

Photo: Diane Edwardson, April, 19, 2015.  A female duck was awfully pissed-off and standing her ground on the west bank of the LA River path just below Fletcher in Elysian Valley.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

I watched as most cyclists slowed down and gave her a wide berth as they passed.  She was staring at the island in the center of the river.  She did not even flinch when bikes went by at higher speeds.  She sometimes quacked at the island then turned around at quacked at her mate.  Her mate was hanging out off the path to the right, also staring at the island.  
Photo: Diane Edwardson, April 18, 2015.  The female only moved off the path when I passed cautiously with my dog on a very short leash, also giving her a wide berth.  (My dog wanted nothing to do with this crazy duck who was not afraid of bikes.)  Even then, she moved off the path, just a few inches onto the incline riverbank, never losing sight of what must have been her nest or her brood on the island.  I never saw either.  

The duck was not at all pleased to have dozens of kids running around her island.  She was one angry duck.