It’s that time of the year again where the cats and dogs in the neighbourhood start bringing in little chicks and ducklings.
While a few of last year’s rescue ducks have returned sporadically throughout the year, they now seem to be returning in larger numbers and bringing their boy friends along.
Over time we have learnt that the ducks we thought were all female Mallards rather were – at least partially – the endemic Grey duck/pārera and mostly a hybrid. Best summary of difference we could find was from Fish & Game NZ:
Also explains why we now have noticed that they are not all females :-), because the hybrids and grey ducks look alike, unlike their Mallard boy friends.
Meanwhile our domestic ducks are laying eggs everywhere in the paddock and it is like an easter egg hunt everyday. Also finding the odd egg stashes in various places.