[Mnbird] Birding about the Metro

Ellen Lowery elowerybird at gmail.com
Sun Jun 12 12:57:50 CDT 2016

I usually have Wood ducks and Mallards nest in my little drainage pond.  Mortality is pretty high.  One year I observed that a Mallard seemed to have corralled a  Wood duckling with her own ducklings while a distressed Wood duck hen stayed close by without any ducklings in tow.  It appeared that she wanted her duckling back.
> On Jun 11, 2016, at 11:04 PM, Steve Weston via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
> I've been seeing lots of flycatchers, or more properly, hearing lots of flycatchers, mostly Great Creasted Flycatchers, Wood Pewees, Willows, but also a few Alders and E. Phoebes.  The best birds I have seen were have been several pairs of Sand Hill Cranes, including a pair without young just south of the Wyoming Hospital. 
> Today I saw the first Hooded Mergansers on my lake. A hen Hooded Merganser being followed by six ducklings: four Mergansers and two Wood Ducks. This is the first time I have seen that kind of mixed flock. I have heard that Wood Ducklings will follow a hen Merganser, whereas Merganser ducklings will not follow a Wood Duck hen. In the past I have seen plenty of Wood Ducks with a brood and parent-less Merganser ducklings on our lake.
> Steve Weston
> On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
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