It was raining when I took my walk this morning — so much so that this drake decided to leave the immediate vicinity of the Schiller Park pond and venture out to the driveway of one of the houses along the park.
Here’s a tip for those of you who are taking “coronavirus walks” every day: rainy days see less people out (but more ducks), so you don’t have to do so much social distancing zigging and zagging. I would say my walk this morning is easily the most direct walk I’ve taken since the whole social distancing regime took effect. In fact, I’d guess that all of the veering has added quite a few steps to our standard walks. Nobody walks as the crow flies anymore.
As for our waterfowl friends, they practice social distancing as a matter of course. You can’t get too close to a duck without it waddling off to an assured clear distance, shaking its tail feathers and muttering under its breath all the while. It’s as if they had coronavirus training long ago.