Mallard brood

Mallard brood

Observation - Mallard brood - UK and Ireland. Description: I have been following this family since they hatched and fledged on 1st May when they numbered 11. On 2nd May they were reduced to 9. Today, only 7 remain which may very well be reduced to 6 by now because after I walked along the river and returned, ther

I have been following this family since they hatched and fledged on 1st May when they numbered 11. On 2nd May they were reduced to 9. Today, only 7 remain which may very well be reduced to 6 by now because after I walked along the river and returned, there was one duckling on its own with the mother and rest of the family nowhere to be seen! (Pic 3 shows the full brood on 1st May)