It’s a bit grey and overcast over here…so I’m staying in and keeping an eye on a beautiful mallard duck as she keeps her 14 eggs warm! She’s built a nest in the Wildlife Whisperer’s headquarters under a little wooden bridge and they’ve put in a live webcam so you can keep track on her progress. Their breeding season is from early March to late April, so she’s in the earliest phase of the season when it’s still quite cold. She will incubate them for around 28 days for them to hatch then 50-60 days for them to fledge. The chicks can swim and feed themselves as soon as they hatch, but they stay with their mother for warmth and protection.
Keep up to date with the mallard at the Wildlife Whisperer’s site…and have a look at their other webcams, there’s a rather fluffy bluetit that comes to roost every night as well as some cheeky fat mice.