Baby Ducks at Lake Morton


While checking on the swan nests at Lake Morton recently, I’ve gotten to see some other fun babies too.  In early April, I came across a flock of recently-hatched Mallard chicks, probably between 12 and 18 of them.  In later visits, the babies were bigger, although in fewer numbers.  They are certainly well-fed at that lake, so they do grow quickly!

Mallard Chicks

Mallard Chicks

But my best surprise was finding this pair of Wood Duck babies.  They are a little smaller and daintier than the Mallard babies.  Mama is very careful with them, and she moves them off into the grasses as soon as you approach.  I stood watching and she eventually let me get a better look at the babies.

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