As previously mentioned, Dot, the hen for 2016 Brood 1 who only has 2 of her original 14 ducklings, has taken on the responsibility of motherhood for the six remaining ducklings from the abandoned 2016 Brood 2. In addition, two other ducklings have joined the party. They are younger and smaller than others so they are younger but I don’t have a clue about their heritage. You can see the newbies in the back of the pack as they paddle to their nighttime roost (right).
2016 Brood 10 has been reduce to only three youngsters. They hatched a month ago and their hen has kept them near the northern end of the pond. I assume that’s because she doesn’t want to deal with overtures from the Mallard drakes wanting her to nest again.