His situation saddened me a little bit, because he was always alone. He would always be near the road, hunting for what food he could find in the grass and dirt.
I first started with bread, but later learned from a dear friend that ducks loved corn. My friend would take me to a local feed store where we'd get corn and just keep in our cars until it was all gone. A fifty-pound bag of corn cost $6.00. Not too bad a price!
This lone duck got me through a medical problem I had three years ago, in that he gave me something to focus on other than myself. Even though I didn't feel well, I was determined to go and look for him in order to feed him, even on weekends. Sometimes if he was on the water, he'd take off flying and land near my car and get several double handfuls of corn. I'd just call "Duck" and sometimes I'd see him paddling along. He came to know my voice.
This ritual went on regularly for a long time. Then last year I no longer saw him. I'd take corn and call for him but he wouldn't come. Once or twice I'd see him in the water, but he wouldn't come to me. But he was always alone. I felt sad for him, but figured he just wasn't hungry.
Then, about a week ago as I was driving to work early one morning, I saw him! He was on the opposite side of the pond where I used to feed him. It just so happened that I still had corn in the back of my car. What to do? I made a decision in a split second and swerved into a parking lot across the road from where he was pecking around in the dirt. By the time I got out of my car, opened the trunk and grabbed a handful of corn, "Duck" was crossing the street, heading my way! I got him to follow me back across the street, then ran back to the car for more corn. When I crossed the street again, "Duck" had a friend enjoying breakfast with him.
The next day both "Duck" and his friend were out early, so again I parked to take them corn. This time, they were both crossing the street, so I coaxed them back across before feeding them.