Coastal mallards in MDO


The past three mornings a drake mallard -flying nearby at the edge of
the sea cliffs in Montana De Oro SP- has come to rest on the sea surface
among the floating bull kelp in protected coves (ie., Corallina Cove),
while on Wednesday a female flying with the male landed and disappeared
into the dense coastal scrub vegetation (dominated by coastal golden
yarrow and wild mustard) some 100 feet inland from the steep bluffs.
Perhaps this is the location of the mallard nesting site from which
ducklings were led to the sea, reported by John Roser recently.
Will need to watch to see if they are raising a second brood.

Steve Schubert