I'm trying to solve the mystery of who has been attacking and eating our local duck eggs. We live in residential southern Florida- so we have the general florida villians around (snakes, hawks, etc.) but not very many raccoons or foxes or other critters than are more fond of different areas. On our little pond I've been watching a little mallard make her nest, lay her load of eggs, and she has been nesting quietly for a few weeks now. I've been anxious to see the hatch. Well, to my chagrin this weekend we had quite a cold snap (dropped to high 50-low 60- pretty cold for these parts!). At 3:00 I awoke to a tremendous amount of upset quacking. Thinking it was my Pekins, I got up to check on them. They were fine- the quacking was the little mallard- out of her nest and raising an upset. I flashlighted around but saw nothing but the eggs. The next morning she was back on her nest and one egg was out and mostly eaten. The next night it was the same story- middle of night quacking, mallard off her nest, eggs left alone. Only this morning everything is gone. No eggs, no mallard... one malled and eaten egg. It's a sad story but any guesses to the midnight culprit? I'm so sad about the eggs- they were so close to being hatched. We find it's a rare day when a chick makes it to adulthood around our pond.