November 22, 2011

Wildlife Wonders of Alaska - Mallard Duck

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?


  1. What a great story and a great photo.,

  2. The duck story was so I checked it out on You Tube.

  3. Hahahahahaha...yes, and it's about the only way to make sense of parading ducks through a hotel lobby! Do they wear diapers?

    The colors of that duck! I want some clothing that color.

  4. Cool shot Donna!! He also looks Pooped!Hahaaaa

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Three!!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving!! The story makes perfect sense when explained that way. :) Hugs!

  6. Love your shot of the duck. I think I recall reading about the Peabody ducks on another blog a while back. How entertaining that must be to see their daily march


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