While at Kenny's Pond one evening, I watched another spring encounter. I couldn't help but feel a little voyeuristic. It started off with John and the missus having a quiet evening meal. John seemed to be keeping watch over the missus.
Mallards are generally monogamous but sometimes a paired male will stray. Mallards are also among the most common cross breeders. Now, this makes me wonder which of these two will hang around to raise the brood?
What do mallards eat? They are considered omnivorous as they eat both plants and animals. They are often found by in or around shallow waters where they eat aquatic plants, insects, insect larvae, lizards, and crustaceans as well as grain, seeds, and fruit. Their diet changes with the seasons; when one food supply is no longer readily available they will change their diet. This allows them to move around over a wider range and increase their ability to survive. Thanks to Paul Barrett for the information relating to diet.
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