Limpy the Mallard

Last spring a female mallard decided to turn our deck flower pot tucked under an overhang into her nursery. Nesting is a stressful and tiresome Lakecharlesloan period for the female mallard as she lays more than half her body weight in eggs. We counted 11 eggs in her clutch that were incubated for days and then began hatching at 50-55 days. All but two successfully became little fuzzy yellow hatch-lings. Our mother mallard was remarkably patient during the nesting period leaving only at dusk to…