Last week, while mowing weeds in the park, one of the workers found a nest containing 11 large eggs, hiding among the weeds. It turns out that this nest belongs to a pair of mallards – a species of duck. It appears that the mallards decided to build their nest in that location because of a large puddle that had formed a short distance away.
Since the nest was now exposed, a concern arose that predators would discover it and steal the eggs, or that the nest would be trampled by goats heading out to pasture. In order to protect the nest, we surrounded it by a fence with large holes, and camouflaged it with weeds. To our delight, the mother returned to brood over the eggs soon after, and the male was also seen nearby.
In honor of the nesting season, we would like to remind you that anyone finding a fledgling that has fallen from its nest should try to return it. If this is not possible, the fledgling should be left where it was found – as long as there is no danger of cats. In most cases the parents will continue to care for the fledging even outside of the nest. In any case, you can always call the InfoShop to ask for advice.