On the way in this morning cycling along the towpath. A mallard is pottering around in front of me. So I slowed down a rang the bell a few times (it was also on the approach to a blind bridge, so I was doing that anyway). He moved to the side, and then at the last minute spotted something that looked edible on the other of hte towpath and so darted in front of me. There was no crunching, but I did feel sick as the front wheel and then the rear bumped over his body. I thought I'd killed it, or I was at least going to have to do something with a fatally injured bird. But he just flew into the canal and swam away. I spotted him swimming along not far from the scene on the way home, so he looks to be ok. I think he's been talking about it though. A bit further up I passed a couple of canada geese and one of them looked at me funny.