Fairbanks downtown ducks refusing to fly south

Four ducks have invaded downtown Fairbanks and are refusing to fly south for the winter.

The ducks – two female and two male mallards – apparently are looking for a free meal.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the ducks were chased away this week from the front of Rabinowitz Courthouse by a pair of bird biologists who had been called by Alaska State Troopers.

The biologists chased the ducks back to a sliver of open water in the nearby Chena River, which the birds have been occupying since it began to freeze a month ago.

However, the birds were back on Wednesday and Thursday. This time they showed up in front of a store, where federal wildlife officials say they were in the street and people were feeding them.