As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Ducks prefer to be fed 'trendy' kale, charity claims

Canal and River Trust, which wants people to feed ducks healthy leaves instead of bread, reports that ducks prefer kale to 'pedestrian' iceberg lettuce

8:30AM GMT 26 Mar 2016

Its hipster appeal has seen it appear on menus around Britain in recent years.

But now, kale has emerged as the healthy leaf of choice not just for people - but for ducks.
The Canal and River Trust, which is campaigning for people to feed ducks with lettuce leaves rather than ‘junk food’ bread, said it had carried out aLettuce Taste Test to find out whether the birds “favoured one type of leaf over another”.

Kale – which was included as a “wildcard” despite actually being a cabbage – proved to be “the biggest hit”, according to the results of the rudimentary testing carried out by the charity on Aylesbury’s Grand Union Canal.

The vegetable, which the trust noted was “currently gracing the table of many trendy restaurants” was given a “duck approval rating” of 10/10 by the trust’s testers after they observed that “ducks couldn’t get enough” of it.

It proved far more popular than the humble iceberg lettuce, which scored just 6/10 after testing found the ducks “had a nibble but didn’t go back for seconds”.

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