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DSC_6877Mallard Ducks have returned to the area and I sure am glad.  Some here in Florida dislike the Mallard Ducks because of their interbreeding with our Florida native ducks, the Florida Mottled Duck.  The two are really closely related and so are comfortable becoming mates.  Our Florida wildlife officials do not like having a lot of Mallards out in the wild.

Property owners in Florida are expected to keep their domesticated Mallards at home on their farms and ranches, and not allow them to fly free.  I think this bunch is a migratory flock that came South for the Fall and Winter months.  In any event, I like Mallard Ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Our Old Friends, The Mallards, Are Back!" (4)

  1. I like Mallards also…. Didn’t realize that some of them are domesticated –but guess they belong to home owners with lots of property and their own ponds…..????

    Are there any different birds at your new home –compared to the last one?
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, in Florida, the Mallards are supposed to live on farm ponds or in confined yards (many have clipped wings). The reasoning officials have is that the Mallards breed freely with the native Florida Mottled Ducks and too many hybrids are present. Officials worry that Mottled Ducks may go extinct eventually. To answer the next question – more large wading birds and ducks and fewer songbirds (so far but I have not been here in Winter with migratory birds present). I live in a community with many small lakes and ponds and a few larger lakes nearby. So, that is the change in my posts.

  2. i like them too and only see them during winter here as well. 🙂

  3. I like Mallards too. Her they are summer birds and most seem to have migrated already this year.

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