South Fargo couple welcome in ducks with plenty of foodFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Instead of flying south for the winter, hundreds of feathered friends are flocking to a south Fargo backyard for a buffet of feed.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Instead of flying south for the winter, hundreds of feathered friends are flocking to a south Fargo backyard for a buffet of feed.
Gene Finneman and his wife Susan put out more than a thousand pounds of food each winter, drawing in ducks each day.
The early morning trek started roughly seven years ago for Gene Finneman.
Gene Finneman, Fargo Duck Feeder: "They love this stuff."
Spreading food first for partridges, at least until word got out.
Gene: "The last could years the ducks have taken notice."
With more mouths to feed, Gene began buying about 1,300 pounds of feed each wither season.
Gene: "I was lugging it home from fleet farm."
Nearly every day Gene puts out a mixture of corn, barley, and sunflower seeds and sometimes within minutes the ducks begin to arrive.
Gene: "It depends on the day, but maybe 150 ducks and we just get a kick out of watching them."
So now they make sure their feathered friends are fed, even on Monday in the worst of weather.
Susan Finneman, Gene’s Wife: “They were back here, back here back and forth, kind of like a buffet if you will, for hours."
And today, first one by one.
Gene: "They're starting to come in."
Then the big rush hit.
Susan: "Here come a bunch more in the sky, see."
All hoping to get a bite at some of the best food in town.
Susan: "They're getting hungry, so they're meandering in saying I want some too."
Gene: "And they pick at each other like get away from me, this is my food."
The birds giving Gene and Susan a remarkable way to spend their mornings along with a few laughs.
Gene: "No, they're not very graceful, and especially if there's a little ice on the snow, they'll come sliding down and scooting around. They're pretty clumsy."
At least until food runs out, for the day.
Susan: "They'll be back."
Gene and Susan say they haven't had any complaints from neighbors and they're not violating any city ordinances by feeding wild ducks.