Last year I had a fairly frequent female mallard visitor to the yard who would be accompanied at times by a drake. They would hang around for an hour or so for some food and water, and then take flight.
I attributed their appearance as being domesticated escapees as I do not have a pond or any water to speak of and my neighborhood is a very suburban, populated area outside of downtown Wilmington.
Yesterday afternoon while out in the garden I turned around and there they were!
Could these be actual 'wild' mallards? I didn't notice yesterday whether they flew in or waddled down the driveway. I'm curious as to whether this is a fairly normal occurrence.