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Ask the writer to take a careful look around her
porch for an active nest. Mallards are notorious for nesting in odd
locations, including under porches, in window wells, chimneys, etc.
Sounds like the hen is defending a nest site.
Steve M. Chorvas
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Sent: 04/26/2020 5:41 PM
Subject: [hmbirds] Need help with a bird
We receive this question through our Southern Adirondack
Audubon Facebook page. I
haven’t a clue. Anyone have an idea what’s going on
"I have a question about a female Mallard duck. I was
standing on my porch yesterday in the late afternoon. I am in a second floor
apartment overlooking a small lake in Southern Saratoga County. There were
two Mallard drakes on the shore
and one in the water and one female in the water close to the shore. All of a
sudden the female suddenly got out of the water and flew up straight at me.
She was maybe two feet from me when I had to wave her away. I thought it was
just a one off weird event. Now she was on the grass beneath my porch and
began aggressively moving into an small area where a Canada Goose was feeding.
The Goose warned her away but she persisted and it wasn't until the Goose
became very aggressive that she moved aside but not that far. The next thing
i knew she flew up at me again. Once more I had to
wave her away when she got alarmingly close. She did once more. this time
i used a cushion from my Chaise to wave her
away. The next thing I know some
drakes were chasing her. Having had enough excitement for the day I went
inside. I'm over80, am a life time bird watcher and never experienced anything
like it! Have you heard of or seen such behavior? I will be eager to get your
Any help for this lady appreciated.