Female Common Merganser’s lay 6-17 eggs and sometimes in other ducks’ nests. The male usually abandons the nest during incubation, and the female cares for the ducklings on her own. She escorts them from the small streams and ponds near the nest site to larger lakes, rivers, and bays downstream, this one has 19 ducklings in tow. After leaving the nest, the young are in danger from hawks, owls, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Common Loons, and even fish such as northern pike, but they can escape from predators by running on the surface of the water or skulking under banks. Broods often join together in groups of multiple females with 40 or more young.
Posted by Christy Hibsch on 2021-06-14 09:35:46
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