Date: 11/30/18 5:59 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Oiled male mallard in Marblehead
Thanks to Andy Sanford for the following report today.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
There has been an male mallard at Marblehead Neck that is “oiled” (or in the words of a vet from Tufts, “covered in some kind of contaminant”). He was first observed on Wednesday at the MA Audubon Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and he was seen there again yesterday. Today he was at some cracked corn duck feeders in the front yard of the private residence at 2 Bonad road on Marblehead Neck, which is adjacent to the sanctuary and a common place for mallards. He can swim and fly, but now he seems sick; when he walks he limps and stumbles about, doing a sad sort of “funny” walk, and sometimes twitches too. The other ducks sometimes chase him.
I have been in contact with Tufts, Animal Rescue League of Boston, Marblehead and Swampscott Animal Control, and MA Audubon. Swampscott Animal Control came by yesterday, but the duck wasn’t around when they visited. I think maybe the duck could be caught at the feeders, if someone trained would come with equipment and hang around for a few hours in the morning (of course, they would need to get permission from any private property owner first.)
Sad! For more info and pictures, please see the following three ebird checklists: