Duck! Lookout for this avian inhabitant at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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This is the quack that will echo throughout history.

Brooklyn Bridge Park got its first permanent natural inhabitant last Friday: a duck.

“Jesus Christ, there’s a duck in there!” said one onlooker, pointing toward the tidal pool near the entrance of Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street.

Sure enough, a healthy brown female mallard was preening its feathers in the tiny storm water retention pool, ambivalent to the spectators piling up along the water’s edge. The fowl swam along the beach and generally splashed around in the sunny weather, testing out the new digs.

It’s mating season, but sadly duck experts revealed that the park isn’t an ideal spot to nest.

“It’s hard to tell if they’re gonna stick around — but it’s already hatching season, and if she’s active, she may have already lain eggs somewhere else,” said Richard Simon, deputy director of the Urban Park Rangers. “These ducks are common. You see them in every corner of the city, including people’s back yards.”

Plus, Simon said, the duck is likely to find a more secluded spot for mating than the 10-by-20-foot pond. Then again, ducks occupy just about every watery corner of the borough — and this one might think she’s blending in.

Regardless of fight or flight, this duck’s a legend. And what’s a Brooklyn legend without a legendary name?

Help us name Pier 1’s new inhabitant. Send your ideas to It’s important, because if you don’t, we’ll have stick with our idea, which is “Regina Flyer” after the Brooklyn Bridge Park development team leader, Regina Myer.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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