Hello to all of you and welcome back! Today we have the female “common merganser”, same day and same place as the male from yesterday. She was sleeping and sunning herself too. She did wake up when I came down there but when I started talking all 3 of them settled down and went back to sleep again. Though a large duck, these actually nest in holes in trees, usually an old pileated woodpecker nest hole. Therefore these birds require mature forests to survive. They will however use a hole in a bank by the river or lake or wherever they can find something. They will nest up to 100 feet (30.48meters) off the ground. The young usually leave the nest within a couple days and just jump down to the ground. They are so small and light that they don’t hurt themselves. The female will lay up to 17 eggs, I have seen as many as 15 ducklings with their mother. Sometimes 2 or 3 females will get together with their young for better safety. I hope you all have a great weekend and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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