During our Alaska travels in July, we even found the common mallard duck. We saw this drake and his partner at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, minding a nest near the edge of a pond. His colorful plumage had started to molt, which is typical after the mating season has ended.
I can’t help but think of the Peabody Hotel whenever I see a mallard duck. The Peabody is famous for its daily duck marches to and from the beautiful fountain in the hotel’s lobby. The ducks have a cozy home on the top of the building and arrive in the lobby via the elevator. I have seen the sight, and it was fun to witness the quacky procession along a red carpet! The origin of the Peabody ducks is quite a classic, involving some men who returned from a hunting trip and copious amounts of Tennessee’s Jack Daniels whiskey. See, it makes sense now, doesn’t it?