Kin selection in waterfowl

May 24, 2015 • 3:15 pm

This is from the pond right outside my office. I can’t count the ducklings, but people tell me that there were once nine of them. There’s a slow attrition over the summer as feral cats, raptors, and male ducks kill them. I’m hoping we’ll fledge at least six.

(Poor quality attributable to my using my iPhone.)

Ducklings

And a bonus Leon monologue!

Leon: I became infected with the Sunday laziness.

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13 thoughts on “Kin selection in waterfowl

  1. I just saw a pair of mallards on my creek with a single duckling! If they all survived we’d be waist-deep in ducks in short order.

    1. Waist-deep sir? The only thing waist-deep around here is the grass as it never stops raining.

  2. I have been stalking a pair of mallards at our local pond for a while now at a local pond. No ducklings in site.

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