Croydon Ducks - Garden Ducks 2019

Latest update: 19th August 2019

Photos from the garden in 2019 of visiting mallard ducks, no nest yet this year, last ducklings were in 2009, so long ago. A Moorhen visited for a few hours, never happened before.

Older Photos of Garden Ducks - 2018

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10th January 2019, unusual to have ducks visiting in January. 

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3rd Mach 2019, first visit by the Mallard mating pair. 

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4th Mach 2019, back again, and almost every day for spring. 

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Waiting for bird speed on the grass. 

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13th Mach 2019, the girl takes a look at the nest on the island.  I did find three eggs in the next a few weeks later, abandoned due to
poor weather this spring. 

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9th April 2019, always extra boys around, looking to mate. 

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11th April 2019, 7:45am, ducks are here early today, waiting for me to put out bird speed, which the foxes also eat. 

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18th April 2019, still coming back daily to mate.

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22nd April 2019, water lilies and irises are growing well in warmer weather. 

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30th April 2019, first ever visit of a Moorhen to the pond, stayed a couple of hours wandering around the edge exploring.  Had a Coot
several years ago for one day, guess they see water when flying over between parks. 

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Ducks stay out of the way for the Moorhen, this is the crow waiting to steal their food.

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Moorhen now exploring the far side of the pond.

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1st May 2019, three boys for breakfast. 

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11th May 2019, not coming back as often now, perhaps the girl has a nest elsewhere, but do come for supper some evenings.

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12th May 2019, sitting on the top stream, often looking for crustaceans to eat in shallow water, need calcium for egg shells.

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22nd May 2019, the daily battle trying to feed bird seed to the ducks without also feeding the pigeons.

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Pigeons are gathering.

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25th May 2019, girl goes hunting on the grass for bird seed.

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And wanders back to the pond.

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12th June 2019, visits becoming rarer, just to feed, really hope she has a nest elsewhere.

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16th June 2019, girl alone, usually means she is sitting on a nest and no longer mating.  Last visit was 28th June. 

 


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