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March 11, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

Wildlife Spotting: Mallards

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Mallards

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Mallards - Breeding Pair

Mallard Pairs on Both Ponds

Genus: Anas

These mallards were one of two pairs seen in the arboretum on Friday, March 11.  Mallards are the most common duck observed in our arboretum.

Fun Fact: Mallards form breeding pairs in the fall and stay together until the female lays eggs in March or April.  Mallard ducklings can swim and feed themselves on insects from birth, but stay close to their mother for protection and warmth.

Learn More About Mallards.

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