While I can never be sure about such things, I think 2016 Brood 16 is the same hen who hatched 9 ducklings way back in 2013. She may have had brood each year between then and now. I didn’t poke around in the blog to find out. What’s distinctive about her is her very bright eyebrows and her location in the northern half of the pond.
It hasn’t been a productive year for ducks this summer. It’s my opinion that some hens have been killed by predator while they were on their nests and some others may have been illegally taken. By this time last summer, we had 22 broods hatching at total of 164 ducklings at the pond. This year only 16 broods have hatched a mere 88 ducklings. 2015 was an exceptional year, but still that’s a huge difference.