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.