2014 Brighton Millpond Fertility Tournament Results

The tournament festivities have only begun! Spring conditions haven’t hampered the first hatching. Apparently, the ducks have been doing a lot of … um …  practicing so the ducklings started to arrive two days earlier than 2013. A number of eggs have been laid and left on the lawn and in odd places around the millpond. All are surely from domestic hens who aren’t good judges of when to nest.

Only ducks willing to take the time to build nests and devote 28 days to incubating their broods are considered qualified for the fertility tournament. I welcome reports from others. Leave a comment to tell me what you’ve discovered!

Click the Brood# to see the posts related to it in this blog. This year’s count isn’t reliable. The early broods mixed their chicks often because so many broods hatched at once. Some broods were only seen once.

Brood # Est. Birth Hatched Now*   Seen Notes
2014Brood1 May 12 7 3 Babs, abandoned, 4 to Brood7, 3 alone
2014Brood2 May 16 5 ? Seen in the dark, never confirmed again
2014Brood3 May 16 7 7 Mallard hen, 1 butterscotch duckling
2014Brood4 May 17 6 0 Dark hen no bib, 2 butterscotch, 5 to Brood7
2014Brood5 May 18 11 ? “5 Toes” is the hen, 1 butterscotch duckling
2014Brood6 May 19 5 1 One duckling has an unusual orange-edged bill
2014Brood7 May 21 5 9 7/16 Dark hen, 1 w/ bad leg, adopted 9, 3 last seen
2014Brood8 May 21 11 11 Found in dark, no identifiers yet
2014Brood9 May 22 5 3 Nacho w/Drake, Marlboro’s chick added 5/23
2014Brood10 May 22 10 8 6/2 Typical Mallard, tight control, north end
2014Brood11 May 22 2 2 May be what’s left of Brood 2, Stillwater Bay?
2014Brood12 May 25 4 4 7/16 “Maybeline,” the dark-eyed Mallard hen
2014Brood13 May 26 1 1 Mallard with Drake in Stillwater Bay
2014Brood14 May 26 3 3 Mallard with Drake near Main Street
2014Brood15 May 26 10 1 7/16 “Blonde Bomshell #2” near fire station, Sorbet!
2014Brood16 June 1 4 4 Mallard w/ bald spot, near Main St.
2014Brood17 June 1 2 2 6/11 Mallard w/ drake, near dam, semi-abandoned
2014Brood18 June 2 8 6 7/16 Mallard, near Imagination Station
2014Brood19 June 5 6 4 Mallard, near Fire Station
2014Brood20 June 19 1 1 Mallard at City Hall, seen only once
2014Brood21 July 15 4 0 7/19 Mallard, near Main Street
2014Brood22 May 24 8 6 10/4 Mallard, near Main Street with head gashes
2014Brood23 July 28 8 4 10/5 “Five Toes” at south end nights; Stillwater days
2014Brood24 August 1 11 5 10/5 Mallard at north end, Light eyebrows
2014Brood25 August 18 4 0 8/26 “Calamity” at north end, white neck ring.
2014Brood26 September 2 8 2 10/5 “Mrs PomPom” our resident White Crested Duck
Total Hatching: 158 ? *Current Count (SUSPENDED until fall)
Survival Rate  ?/158  = ?%

Seen: Last time the brood was updated.

*Disclaimer: Contrary to public perceptions, I can’t recognize every duck in the pond. As the duckling season wears on, there is a point where juvenile ducks begin to all look alike and I lose precise count. I update the number of birds when I’m able to verify the number in the broods, but the final tally will be flawed to some extent.

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  • Melodyk Bond says:

    saw two purplish green ducks with mallards today, 12/11/15. what are they???? they are all one iridescent color. with light beaks. son took picture but blurry and from above.

  • DougPete says:

    That’s Dazzle and his son, Razzle. They are both Cayuga ducks, a domestic breed developed in upstate New York, 1840-1870. Dazzle arrived in January of 2012. I assume he was dumped when his previous owner didn’t want to take care of him any longer though he may be an escapee. At the time, he could fly. Not sure he can still do that. Most domestic species cannot fly once they are adults. You can read about his life at the millpond and the ducklings he’s sired here:

    http://www.words4it.com/?tag=dazzle

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