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Herding Ducks

This little mama merganser is proficient at raising a brood.  I don’t know how many she started out with but I’ve seen her with 7 ducklings for over a week now.

mama merganser with 7 ducklings
As many as will fit while mama can stay afloat

Here’s a video to show how they are progressing in their fishing abilities:

Merganser Ducklings

I love it when Mama Merganser parades her little ones past our house on the Alsea River!  One or two always seem to hitch a ride on her back.

Mama merganser with 7 chicks hitching ride
Mama merganser with 7 chicks hitching ride

At least until she dives.  If they’re going to get stronger, they’ve got to do it on their own!