2016 Brighton Millpond Fertility Tournament Results

The 2016 duck hatching season is upon us! Spring and the first half of summer is the time when almost all of the ducklings hatch. I’m not able to track the happenings every moment, but I attempt to report all of the hatchings and the fate of the ducklings in the early stages of their lives.

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
Not Confirmed= Broods reported but I haven’t seen them yet to photograph

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

Brood # Date Count Now Seen Notes

2016Brood1 5/6 14 2 6/7 Hen = “Dot” seen near courthouse
2016Brood2 5/7 12 6 6/12 “Blonde Bombshell #1” Seen on shore s of south dock
2016Brood3 5/11 4 3 5/13 Mallard Hen seen in Stillwater Bay, no drake on duty
2016Brood4 5/11 3 1 5/13 Mallard Hen seen on shore near court house w/ drake
2016Brood5 5/13 2 2 5/23 Mallard Hen found on shore near city hall
2016Brood6 5/15 1 1 5/15 Mallard Hen in water near city hall
2016Brood7 5/20 1 1 5/21 Mallard Hen near fire station
2016Brood8 5/21 1 1 5/21 Mallard in water by sea wall
2016Brood9 c5/14 11 2 5/31 Mallard, nested by city hall, not confirmed
2016Brood10 5/21 8 5 6/13 Mallard Hen at north end
2016Brood11 5/25 4 4 5/31 Mallard Hen behind Fire Station
2016Brood12 5/27 10 2 6/7 “Onyx” behind Main Street
2016Brood13 6/5 4 3 6/7 Wood Duck, north end; a millpond first!
2016Brood14 6/11 7 7 6/11 Mallard hen below the dam
2016Brood15 6/12 3 1 6/13 Blonde Bombshell #2, north end
2016Brood16 6/13 3 3 6/15 Bright Eyebrowed Mallard, north end
2016Brood17 6/17 5 5 6/17 Mallard near Imagination Station
Total Hatching: 93 49 *Current Count as of 6/16
Survival Rate 49/93 = 52.7%

*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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