Ducklings hatch at Green Park
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Mallards are one of the most common waterfowl in the UK. Often seen in ponds and lakes, we have several groups which live at Green Park.
This year we already have our first brood of ducklings. The female will typically lay between 8 and 13 white eggs and then incubate them for 27 – 28 days. She will then protect these young until they have fledged about 50 – 60 days later. The female here had 6 ducklings with her.
Incidentally, the mallard who had been nesting in the willow tree at 200 Longwater Avenue has gone and there were a couple of eggs shells left. Perhaps this is the female who enjoyed nesting halfway up a willow tree.