[CT Birds] Wood Duck behavior

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Thu May 28 13:04:39 EDT 2015

.......or this hen had a too-large brood to care for so it started  
culling through the weakest ducklings.

Keith Mueller

Quoting Paul Desjardins via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:

> This morning while at Riverside Park in Hartford I observed a hen  
> Wood Duck with a brood of about 15 ducklings. Suddenly she attacked  
> one of the ducklings biting it to the point I thought she was going  
> to kill it. Eventually the duckling swam away from all the others to  
> the far side of the pond and started feeding by itself. Seems cruel  
> to us humans but I can only assume it was not the offspring of this  
> particular Wood Duck.
> Paul Desjardins
> Windsor Locks
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