Lonely Duck on the Lake

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bayer66, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Bayer66

    Bayer66 New Egg

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    We are visiting friends who have a cottage on a lake in Lenox, Mass. Today is August 5, 2014. I have noticed a solitary little brown duck - Mallard hen we are pretty sure. She's always alone. She stays near a spit of land. She 'bathes???" daily by flapping her wings in the water. Several other ducks of a similar color and breeding do not seem to like her. She never goes near them. I have seen her feeding on land with the Canadian Geese that live on the lake - mutual toleration I'm sure.

    Can anyone please explain this behavior and give us an idea of what is going on? I am not knowlegable about ducks, but have read most of the sights regarding behavior, breeding, nesting behavior etc.

    Thank you
    Renee Flanagan
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Kelsie X2 on the Ducks section. Maybe someone there can help decipher this behavior. :)
     
  4. Bayer66

    Bayer66 New Egg

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    Thank you. I posted it on the duck site.

    Renee
     
  5. Bayer66

    Bayer66 New Egg

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    Thank you. I posted it on the duck site.

    Renee
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Maybe she is an introvert. Maybe the other ducks (drakes especially) have been trying to overbreed her. She has more protection being around fiercely protective Canadian Geese, as long as they don't feel threatened by her. I don't think she is in need of "Match Duck.com"[​IMG] Most likely she is a free spirit who wants to find herself before being tied down to a nest and future dependents.

    I didn't have a child till I was 38. In duck years, she would have been dead a mighty long time ago.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know a lot about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. You've been given a good link to our duck section. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can.
     
  8. Bayer66

    Bayer66 New Egg

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    Thank you for you "opinion." It made my day! I am a little less worried about my lonely little duck.

    Renee
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     

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