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Feeding the Ducks

Monday, May 28th, 2012

So it appears the handful of ducks that set up shop in Grand Bank brook over the past couple of years are starting to really feel at home.  Not only are there about a dozen of them swimming around avoiding seagulls all day, but this afternoon I noticed a bunch of little ducklings  swimming behind mommy duck!  I decided that when my wife got off work, we would pick up our son from the sitter and bring him to feed the ducks (gucks as he calls it), and take a few photos.  Turns out when we got there at around 5:30PM, the ducklings were nowhere in sight, but we still had an enjoyable time.

I think having some wildlife around town is a great thing, especially with small children.  With this however comes a responsibility to those in the community to protect these animals.  Everyone knows that touching or intentionally hurting the ducks is a no-no, but most people don’t know that feeding ducks bread is actually a bad idea too!  I had no idea that bread was bad for ducks either until I spent a few years living next to Bowing Park in St. John’s.  The corner store near our house had information posted explaining how bread will make the animals feel full, and therefore the ducks won’t eat properly.  This of course leads to all kinds of problems.  The information sheet said that people should instead feed the ducks non salted/non buttery popcorn!  So the next time you want to go and feed the ducks, take along some Orville Redenbacher!  Or well..Our Compliments even.  I don’t think the ducks will mind what brand it is :)





And to conclude…this little pictorial wouldn’t be complete without the type of bird with the most seniority in Grand Bank Brook.  The seagull.


2012 Rec Hockey Tournament

Friday, February 17th, 2012

I was fortunate enough to have some free time to be able to take in the first game, and half of the second game, of the rec hockey tournament being held in Fortune this weekend.  The first game was between the Grand Bank Shags and Grand Bank 2.  The second game between Lamaline and Point May.

Having events like this is a great way to boost community spirit, raise some money, and have an overall good time.  The only gripe I have with it this year is the conflict with the Grand Bank Winter Carnival.  Fortune and Grand Bank opted to have their own independent carnivals this year, and as such, some things are overlapping this year that didn’t last year.  For example, the first game tonight (between two Grand Bank teams) was played during the opening ceremony and pageant of the Grand Bank Winter Carnival.  I know for a fact a number of people weren’t able to take in the hockey game because of this.  In addition, the championship game will be taking place during the annual CYN brunch, and as such…I’ll have to miss the game as I’m working.  I hope in future years (even if the two communities decide to do things on their own) that they have a good dialog and plan things to not conflict as much.  Both Grand Bankers and Fortuners participate in events in each community, and splitting the numbers at each event should be avoided if at all possible.

Despite what I perceive as some minor scheduling conflicts, I think the attendance will be good for this tourny.  Sadly I’ll only be able to take in a couple games on day 2, so I took extra care to get some photos on day 1 to make up for it.

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