Limpy the Mallard

Last spring a female mallard decided to turn our deck flower pot tucked under an overhang, into her nursery. Nesting is a stressful and tiresome period for the female mallard as she lays more than half her body weight in eggs gallery-36.com We counted eggs in her clutch that were incubated for days and then began hatching at 50-55 days. All but two successfully became little fuzzy yellow hatch-lings. Our mother mallard was remarkably patient during the nesting period, leaving only at dusk to…