Outdoor Journal: Mallards nesting

  • by: JIM GILBERT
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 1:01 AM

By now many mallard nests are underway. Some delay nesting until well into summer, but normally only one set of eggs is laid each year. Mallards nest by choice in city parks, in school courtyards, or under shrubs close to the entrances to our homes. Occasionally nests are built in forks of trees or on abandoned hawk nests, sometimes as high as 25 feet from the ground. However, nests are usually built on dry ground among dead grasses and other plants at the edges of marshes, ponds and lakes. The nest itself is most often a hollow in the ground, well concealed, built with grasses and leaves or any convenient material from the immediate vicinity, and lined with down from the breast of the female.

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