July 19: The day after they arrived, I had a chance to photograph Brood22 in daylight. Two of the ducklings are clearly full blood Mallards (foreground, above) that look like their mother (with wounds, top center).
The other six look like Black Swedish ducks because of the white bibs (left) on four of them, but I think they are more likely Dazzle’s offspring due to their iridescent greens and blues.
Genes can do unexpected things. Perhaps mixing Cayuga and Mallard stock can produce white bibs? Bibs aren’t a trait of pure bred Cayugas, but all of these ducklings have dark bills and legs/feet identical to Dazzle’s. All eight ducklings and their mom appear to be quite happy in their new environment. They mingle with the other ducks and grab their share of the goodies park visitors toss to the flock. The hen is probably a former resident of the millpond and left to raise her brood where she could avoid being pestered by the millpond’s abundant drakes.