Date: 8/6/22 9:03 am From: Ty Smedes <ty.smedes...> Subject: [ia-bird] Prairie City Black-bellied Whistling Duck Brood
About a dozen people stopped to see & photograph the BB Whistling Duck brood, early this morning. The group included a couple of DSM Camera Club people, but I didn't recognize any birders.
One Prairie City local said the property owner checked the nest (after the brood had moved to the pond) and there were 8 unhatched eggs. There are 18 ducklings, and counting the 8 unhatched eggs, the 26 egg total may indicate a dump nest. This person did say there was believed to be a 3rd BB duck.
Have attached 3 photos, including one of the hen brooding the youngsters on shore, a 2nd photo with the ducklings lined up and ready to hit the water, and a 3rd photo of the parents leading the brood across the pond.
I hate to use that over-used "C" word, but they were cute!