Even though it's quite clear that this fondness for mallards will come across as bizarre, the fellows of All Souls don't seem to mind. Bovvered? On balance probably not. An excerpt follows:
"But it is not just once a century that the Mallard is celebrated. The Mallard Song is sung twice every year, at the November Gaudy and at the Bursar's Dinner in March. The creature is depicted on many silver and other objects given by Fellows to the College. It appeared in a novel guise a few years ago when two of the younger Fellows presented us with a working telephone in the form of a mallard. All such gifts give us special delight."