Every year since 2004 we've had the same "duck couple" visit our home in Phoenix. They fly in together around mid-March, hang out at the pool for a few days while gorging themselves on bread the children give them, and occasionally (this happened in 2006 and 2007) they'll walk into our house if we leave a bread trail and give them some space. Here's a picture of the kids feeding the ducks in 2006.
This year we hoped the ducks would visit our exchange family, because we were sure that if they did they would be well taken care of. And sure enough, in March they showed up right on schedule. Jean Paul sent an email to Dave with pictures:
Then yesterday, another email came from Jean Paul, with pictures. They (the ducks) must have been really well taken care of in March, because they've never come back in April before, and never with NINE BABIES in tow! Looks like our exchange family knows how to take care of the ducks better than we do. To get them to make nine babies is quite an accomplishment! The French can make you fall in love like that, I guess.