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.
|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.