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Duck Season Opener

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In downtown LA, you take your wildlife where you can find it. We caught our first sighting of the California Plaza ducks today. The family of ducks (one emerald-headed mallard, a plain jane mama, and a small string of fluffy brown babies) first waddled onto the watercourt in 2003, and iterations of the family have appeared each spring since.Management at the California Plaza have since erected little ramps up to the concrete islands in the middle of the fountain and signs instructing visitors not to feed the ducks. (Though we saw a German tourist sneaking one some lettuce.)

Downtown News had plans to launch a duck-naming effort last year, but it's unclear what became of the proposed names. We're not sure how you'd be able to tell them apart, anyway.