Over the last couple of months we have seen several ducks along the Rio Milanos, which runs below our house, with their newly hatched chicks. Most of these have now gone and we do not think many ducklings survive because of predators, possibly snakes and terrapins, and other dangers. This duck lives nearby and we always see her when we walk along the river. This evening she brought her family up from the river onto our terrace and we gave her some of our chickens’ corn. The ducklings are several days old and although there were originally sixteen of them, now they number only seven. The father is a white duck, which accounts for the two yellow chicks and one mottled one in the brood.
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