2015 Brighton Millpond Fertility Tournament Results

The 2015 duck hatchings have begun. Throughout spring and summer, I’ll post each brood I observe at the Brighton millpond. I’ll try to keep track of their mortality, but last year, hens traded ducklings like Pokemon cards so I finally gave up.

I welcome reports from others. Leave a comment to tell me what you’ve discovered!

Date= Estimated hatch date
Count= Original number hatched
Now= Current survivors
Seen= Last date brood was updated
Notes= Reminders to help me identify them

Click the Brood# to see posts related to it, if any. I post when I can.

Brood # Date Count Now Seen Notes

2015Brood1 4/29 9 3 6/30 “Nacho,” a veteran hen. Near Stillwater Grill.
2015Brood2 5/15 3 3 5/16 Mallard w/  punk hairdo. North End.
2015Brood3 5/14 7 6 5/22 Mallard, highly protective hen. Near Stillwater Grill.
2015Brood4 5/15 15 14 6/19 A veteran hen. Near Main Street.
2015Brood5 5/16 5 3 6/7 “Pudgy Cheeks,” Mallard. Behind Main Street Storefronts
2015Brood6 5/16 4 4 5/17 Mallard with attending drake, Main Street area.
2015Brood7 5/15 16 13 6/13 Maybelline” at North End of the Millpond.
2015Brood8 5/15 5 5 5/15 Mallard nest near Sagano under shrub
2015Brood9 5/18 6 5 5/20 Mallard nest behind stores, meter, nest empty
2015Brood10 5/22 6 5 5/23 Mallard found with new chicks at Stillwater.
2015Brood11 5/23 10 10 5/23 Mallard with dark, full head feathers
2015Brood12 5/24 2 1 5/24 Mallard, pond center.
2015Brood13 5/24 3 2 6/8 Mallard at city hall, dark bar on head back.
2015Brood14 5/24 11 3 6/13 A Dazzle daughter! At city hall bay.
2015Brood15 5/27 10 9 5/27 Battered Mallard near Imagination Station
2015Brood16 5/27 2 1 5/27 Mallard at city hall bay
2015Brood17 5/27 8 4 8/12 “Calamity,” north end, one orange billed.
2015Brood18 5/29 6+ 0 5/29 “Onyx” near Main Street
2015Brood19 5/29 6+ 5 8/10 “Sugar Raye” near Main Street
2015Brood20 5/31 9 0 8/14 A Blonde Hen, Four Seasons Flower Box
2015Brood21 6/11 10 2 7/1 Blonde Bombshell #2 near city hall
2015Brood22 6/14 11? 2 8/14 “Franny” north of Stillwater Grill
2015Brood23 6/26 3 3 6/27 Mallard, near the Imagination Station
2015Brood24 6/28 6 4 6/30 Mallard by the Imagination Station
2015Brood25 6/30 9 1 8/14 Mallard, near city hall
2015Brood26 7/6 7 4 8/14 Mallard, near city hall; 2 butterscotch babies
2015Brood27 7/19 6 3 8/14 Mallard, near Main Street
2015Brood28 8/8 3 2 8/14 Mallard, near Imagination Station
Total Hatching: 198 120 *Current Count as of 7/21
Survival Rate 120/198  = 60%

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

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