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Mr. Mallard

Taken through window and screen a few weeks ago.  Mr. Mallard is waiting for Mrs. Mallard while she lays an egg.  They will then walk or fly back to the pond together.  Sometimes several drakes wait together to walk her home.

 

On the work day on Saturday we found Mrs Mallard's nest with ten eggs right in my yard.  She laid two more and is now sitting on her brood. I can see her with my eyes only because I know where she is but she is well camoflaged.  When I look through the binoculars I see her perfectly.

 

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Mr. Mallard

Taken through window and screen a few weeks ago.  Mr. Mallard is waiting for Mrs. Mallard while she lays an egg.  They will then walk or fly back to the pond together.  Sometimes several drakes wait together to walk her home.

 

On the work day on Saturday we found Mrs Mallard's nest with ten eggs right in my yard.  She laid two more and is now sitting on her brood. I can see her with my eyes only because I know where she is but she is well camoflaged.  When I look through the binoculars I see her perfectly.

 

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comments (14)

Un beau colvert ! Il y aura de jolis canetons.
Mary MacADNski: I think there are two other nests nearby other than this one.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 May 2017, 06:49
The joys of spring. Does your take suggest there are several fathers I wonder?
Mary MacADNski: Not necessarily. There are several ducks sitting and the drakes hang out together. Mallards will defend the space around their mates to prevent other males from gaining access to her.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 9 May 2017, 08:29
Excellent! Mal Mallard looks quite pleased with himself!
Mary MacADNski: They always do. I just love them all.
It all sounds rather romantic Mary.
Mary MacADNski: They are - with that female for that season. Next spring he will have another wife. Or she comes back with another Mr. I banded my own when I raised them but would love to have a tracing system for my regulars.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2017, 13:03
Oh, what you have discovered- it is fascinating!
Mary MacADNski: I was working up near her again today.
It must be great to have all this going on in your garden.
Mary MacADNski: It surely is. I always know where it is going on but not that precisely.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 May 2017, 16:53
Such a privilege, Mary. there always seems to be more drake mallards than ducks here, too
Mary MacADNski: The females are busy for 28 days with morning visits to the pond lessening as the weeks go by.
I hope she raises them successfully Mary
Mary MacADNski: We have seen families disappear here and others succeed. A lucky night for a fox is an unlucky night for a nest of ducklings or eggs.
Female Mallard ducks are very promiscuous - so all those drakes think they are dad smile
Mary MacADNski: They are not at all promiscuous. The develop pair bonds and mate seasonally. Drakes are very ardent and females have a hard time of it.
  • Alan
  • Carnan, Eochar
  • 9 May 2017, 21:19
Oh that's wonderful. I hope that they all survive.
Mary MacADNski: I think there are two or three broods that use this pond. At least one always survives.
Mr. Mallard is handsome but they seldom stay around after the eggs are hatched...
you are so lucky to be able to watch the nest Mary...
we have them all around us and we haven't found one yet....petersmile
she is watchful, Mary. a fine couple of shots. we have some at my parent's neighbourhood pond - they always make an interesting scene to watch.
How exciting, Mary! Love your photo's!
She is indeed well hidden...smile

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