• Egg Dumping

    4 monthes ago - By Ornithology

    Common Merganser
    You may have seen the photo of a Common Merganser mom leading a brood of 76, yes, 76 ducklings. They are not all hers, of course, because there is no way she could sit on and incubate that many eggs. A pair of mergansers will usually only lay a dozen eggs. These unrelated young ducks following mom are part of what is called a “crèche”. A number of females, unable or unwilling or unexperienced, apparently abandoned their brood and the duckings took up with the one functional mother in the area. It's not a common phenomenon, but it happens, most often with birds that are...
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