Mallard Duck with ducklings

Finally we are seeing Mallard Ducks with families. Most years we will start seeing baby ducks by Memorial weekend, but not this year. I think perhaps that the first nesting attempt probably failed due to the extreme weather we experienced this spring. Mallards will re-nest if their first nests fail, and most Mallards have two broods in a season anyhow. I started seeing young families of ducks around July 1st here at Crane Lake. This is a good month late as is a lot of other flowering plants and berries. I think the Blueberry crop will be late as well – there are green berries out there, but no ripe ones as of yet.

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