MAMA OF THE YEAR!

I so love ducks 🦆 🦆’s.  So this story stole my heart.  Mama Duck made sure not to put all of her eggs in one basket so to speak. Smart Lady!!!

A nature photographer noticed a Mama Duck with many, many, many babies following her. Read below for more on the story.

I ❤️ 🦆,🦆,🦆, 🦆 ‘s!!!!!!!

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Photographer Brent Cizek said he “couldn’t have asked for a better photo opportunity” than a lone mama duck on a Minnesota lake with more than 70 ducklings trailing behind her.

Cizek said “It’s hard not to look at her and say OK, you know this is pretty unbelievable. Multiple people are saying, you know, ‘Mom of the year.'”

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6 minute interview with Cizek about the day he noticed the 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆’s

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1285412419572/

Here is why Mama Duck 🦆 has                       (at last count—76 babies)                                                🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆

Information below from National Audubon Society

“While 50 is definitely on the high end, such big brood counts are actually pretty common, says Kenn Kaufman, field editor for Audubon. This is at least partly because ducks often lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks. In fact, Kaufman says a female duck will have a nest of her own and also make her way over to another nest or two to drop off a few eggs”.

“Most of the time ducks will lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks of the same species, but occasionally they are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other duck species. Redheads will even lay their eggs in bittern nests, says Kaufman. “

“Scientists aren’t sure exactly why ducks do this, but it could effectively serve as a reproductive insurance policy. If a raccoon invades a merganser nest and destroys all the eggs, the female still has more offspring being safely incubated in other nests. “One possibility would be, in a sense, not putting all their eggs in one basket,” Kaufman says. “

For more on the story use link below

https://www.audubon.org/news/heres-why-mama-merganser-has-more-50-ducklings

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25 thoughts on “MAMA OF THE YEAR!”

      1. I think people should learn from animals! Animals, whether they be cats, dogs, ducks or whatever do not discriminate at all. I was completely amazed at Mama Duck just going to the babies to help them! This was so beyond sweet and beautiful!!!

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    1. I thought of you as I was posting this story!! Seemed right up your alley — wildlife, details about a creatures life, scientific reasoning, a rare story, a positive story with a happy ending and we learned something new about the intelligence of a 🦆!!

      I so ❤️, 💕, 💗 🦆 ‘s!!!!!!!

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      1. Me too and I passed your blogpost along to several people, some animal lovers, and a couple who are photographers and most of their blog posts are about shore birds or birds in general. One is in Sweden, the other in the U.K. – who could not love this sweet little story?

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      2. I do too Jennifer – I passed it along to people that I know are animal lovers and would appreciate how that Mama adopted those ducklings. It is interesting seeing how animals and birds react to you – several days passed after the squirrel/robin incident and I’ve not seen Parker since. No squirrels at all for two days – this morning a passel of them – go figure! But not Parker. Probably still hiding in a tree!

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      3. Jennifer. Are you on Facebook? My former HVAC tech left the business last year to open up a “Wild Birds Unlimited” store in a neighboring city. It was a dream of his and his wife quit her job to work alongside him.
        I follow them on Facebook since they often give info on bird events. So I just noticed that they posted a video of a Mama Duck adopting a “few” ducklings … and so I just posted your blog post there and crowed about your 76 ducklings in the story. If you are on Facebook, search for “Wild Birds Unlimited (Woodhaven, MI) ”

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      4. I don’t go on Facebook too much anymore Jennifer since I’ve been blogging, but I do use it to keep in touch with a few friends, but mostly to read the news and watch videos about the news as I don’t have cable TV, so only hear the news on the radio. I follow the crime reports for the City too – they have a group there and residents report things of interest and some Parks have info on nature events. A blogger named Martha, who is a doctor in Mexico, has reblogged your duck post and shared it as she is a nature lover. I knew she would like the post so I forwarded it to her: https://dramarthacastronoriegatijuana.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/mama-of-the-year-ms-lucky-duck/

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      5. Jennifer – I just forwarded your duck post “Mama of the Year” to some of my nature-loving friends … the more the merrier, share the joy and smiles all around! Now I’m off to walk.

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    1. Thank You goes to MAMA DUCK!!!
      I’m sure she says Quack Quack Quack Quack. Translation “Your Welcome Alyssa but it really was nothing different than what we 🦆 ‘s usually do”

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    1. Thank You for sharing!! Mama Duck deserves every accolade she receives. Not only did she make sure 76 ducklings were cared for and taught how to be independent but she did not care what color or what language they spoke. Mama Duck catapulted the intelligence of ducks to a whole new level!!! I ❤️ 🦆 ‘s!!

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  1. Hi Jennifer – I’m late arriving here for good to write a blog post, took alot of photos today and have to sort them out. I got this comment and searched for “Functional Realistic” and can’t find it … I even tried running the name together as “FunctionalRealistic” and no go. I came on the post, but not finding it … I need you to help me out kiddo. Did your husband and son get back from their fishing trip?

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