FAIR LAWN, N.J. — No fewer than a dozen ducks are standing in John Kaufman's Fair Lawn driveway when he arrives home from work.
It's nothing out of the ordinary for the Blue Hill Avenue resident, who on Sunday evening was seated in a plastic lawn chair with a bucket of whole-kernel corn.
"I consider it entertainment," he said, tossing the feed toward the ducks on the grass. "It's nice having animal friends without having the responsibility of providing a house or home — just the occasional snack."
Kaufman began feeding the area birds in the 1990s because he realized their habitat was diminishing.
"The cats started getting wise, then the red-tailed hawks started getting wise," he said.
"Then, back in January or February 2015, we had that polar vortex and most of the feeding area was covered and they had nothing to eat."
Now, feeding time at Kaufman's is simply routine.
"Hey," Kaufman said to a duck vying for a kernel by his feet. "You already ate."