79°Mostly Cloudy

Today in Hawks around Town – DCFD and Animal Control Rescue Ducklings from a Storm Drain

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2017 at 9:30 am 13 Comments


Monday afternoon ending the right way.

And props to @horticultureguy for this great capture last week:

Worth the wait!! 🐣🐣🐣 📷 by @horticultureguy #popville

A post shared by PoPville (@popville) on

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

  • equidistance

    Just when I thought all the news was depressing… Thank you for posting this!

  • Truxton Thomas

    I love the photo of the mama duck standing by.

    • Ward One Resident

      It never ceases to amaze me how they just seem to *know* that humans are trying to help.

  • pcat

    This makes me smile. It outweighs all the bad news this week.

  • Tom

    “Ducking” lol autocorrect rides again

  • Ducky

    Well this is just adorable. Thanks POP!

  • anonymous

    Hooray! Thank you, DCFD and HRA (Animal Control officers)!!

  • anon

    who’s cutting onions in here?!

  • Duponter

    I know it is probably stupid to even ask, but this is actually a very common issue in DC. I once witnessed to my horror and entire set of ducklings washed down a curb storm drain while the mother went crazy trying to stop them from going in. It was horrifying. Is there a way to design these drains to reduce this issue and not reduce the utility of the drains?

    • L.

      I’m with you — obviously I don’t want cute little ducklings and other wildlife to die but then again I wonder if having to get 4 different emergency response agencies with sledgehammers and crowbars every time they need to be rescued is the best use of public resources. Maybe a finer/denser/I don’t really know the word grate would keep smaller animals from falling in? Like criss cross rather than simple bars?

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think replacing all the grates in the city with different grates just so ducklings don’t fall in is a good use of resources either.
        But to your point, I think it’s a little short-sighted. First, they’re getting paid whether they’re rescuing ducks or not – as long as they’re not rescuing ducks while there are buildings burning nearby, I’m OK with it. Second, even little jobs like this get them bits of experience that may come in handy later – e.g. knowing how to quickly pop out a grate could be extremely useful but it’s probably not something they teach you in training. Third, our emergency responders see a lot of grim stuff on the job, so anything that puts them in the more joyful side of our city’s life for a change is OK by me.

      • Anonymous

        And I should add to my second point, any job, however “important”, that requires them to go out in public and work together to find a solution to a problem is also good experience.

  • Duck enthusiast

    DCFD is amazing once again!


Subscribe to our mailing list