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Are All Your Ducklings in a Row? Mine Are.

by | May 19, 2016

Last week I was participating in Bellevue’s Peamouth Patrol as a volunteer when I spotted this this little mallard family with eight ducklings huddled together for an afternoon nap. Moments before I spotted this group, the male (also known as a drake) noisily flew a short distance away, presumably in an attempt to lure me away. Click to enlarge.

Mallard Family

Mallard Family

A busy female mallard takes a break from showing her eight bundled ducklings how to find and eat peamouth minnow eggs from a shaded tiny creek in Bellevue, Washington on a warm spring afternoon.

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