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Mallard Duck Nest Watch
For 3 years now a Mallard duck built a nest next to my front door. I set-up a cam at the front window and we watched the young ducklings hatch in 2008. Please email me if you remember this camstream!
She has started laying eggs again by our front door and the Duckwatch has started again! Be sure to scroll down and check out the videos of her on my homepage below. Stay tuned!!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments at the email address listed below:
The Story of the Duck
April 21, 2011 UPDATE: She's BACK!!!! I went to cut-down the zebra grass plant that she nested in back in 2008 because I had seen no sign of her and then I found her nest with about 7 eggs in it! I quickly re-built what I had cut down and she is so far liking my re-modelling job. ;-)
I am trying to get a new cam up and running, so tune back in to see if it is going.
If you remember from last year email me and I'll keep you updated! Roger
Here is a short video from her 2009 nest showing her returning to her nest after she had gone out for her 6:00 AM "jaunt" to the pond. Notice how she has completely hidden the eggs with her "blanket" of down feathers and then watch as she nestles back over the eggs and uncovers them.
Here are a couple of pictures I took of the eggs in 2009 when she went out for one of her daily "jaunts:
Here is what I wrote about the duck nest in 2008:
I live in a residential area about 1/2 mile from a golf course that has a pond or two. I have a large zebra grass plant next to my front door. A portion of the plant had fallen over during the winter from the weight of one of the heavy snowstorms we had. I was finally getting around to trimming it with my daughter last week and I went into the house for a minute and when I came back my daughter said "this huge bird just flew out from under the bush!" I looked down and saw a nest with 7 or 8 eggs in it. I told her we had to stop trimming and I took some of the trimmings and carefully rebuilt the "roof' we had disturbed and tried to put everything back to protect and hide the nest the way it was before we disturbed it.
Across the street I saw a female mallard looking at us and I knew it was her nest. We cleaned-up our mess and a short time later I checked on the nest and there she was, resuming her duties warming the eggs. I was really excited and started thinking of ways to share this excitement with others.
The next day I hurried home from work but when I looked in the nest there was no duck and all of the eggs were gone! I was heartbroken. I was so upset. I thought maybe our activity around the nest the day before had made her decide she wasn't safe there and she took all the eggs and had moved elsewhere.
About an hour later my daughter came home and as she passed my study said "Dad, the duck's back." I leaped to my feet and ran outside to see. Yes! She was back! But what about the eggs? Well little did I know that nature is amazing and much smarter than I. After reading up on the subject, I found out that the mother duck leaves the nest 2 or 3 times a day and that when she leaves she covers the eggs with leaves, her down and whatever else she can use to hide them. I've got to tell you, the day I thought she had left I was right on top of that nest and I was positive the eggs were gone. Little did I know they were hidden. Since then, I've actually seen her cover them before she leaves. It's truly amazing.
So now I want to share my excitement over this wonder of nature and I have set-up this webcam for all to watch and marvel at.
Here is a video I made of the duck "story" in 2008: