Nesting ducks

Hello.

I live in an apartment block in Croydon. The block is rectangular in shape and fully surrounds a communal podium area.

In the podium area, there are a number of planters about 2m square. 

The management team have informed us that there are some ducks nesting in oe of the planters-although they didn't say what type. The Planter has been taped off and local wildlife protection have been informed. the management team have advised us that they will be monitoring the situation and have advised us that if any resident spots any ducklings then they are to email the development manager, who will notify the wildlife protection team who will come and remove the ducks and ducklings.

The management team have circulated an email to all residents advising them of the situation.

I've been up to a higher floor to try and spot the nest, but I cant see anything. there are a few plants in the planter, and a small tree in the middle, but I cant spot the nest.

Any advice on what I can do?

I'll try and keep an eye on them.

Cheers.

Rich.

  • Nothing you can actually do except to keep watching to see if you can spot any hatchlings, hope all goes well ... maybe other residents will have a better view?

     

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  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    Thanks.

    On walking past the planter, I spotted 3 eggs in the nest. The development manager informed me that it's a mallard nest as he saw the female sitting on the eggs earlier.
  • Interesting to see Rich, these ducks do choose some odd places to nest, do hope it's successful, please let us know the outcome!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    Wil do. I'm going to be checking it every day.

    Rich.
  • A quick update. On Friday, I noticed the clutch of eggs had increased to 5, however, two of them were damaged. it looks like somethings had a go at them as there are two holes in the top of them. The other 3 look ok.

    On checking yesterday, one of the damaged eggs was missing, leaving only 4 there. A number of us have been checking on the eggs and no one has seen the female sitting on them. My fear is that she has abandoned them.

    Thoughts

    Rich.
  • Unfortunately, the 4 eggs are still there, however, we had a Female Mallard and her 14 chicks on our enclosed courtyard this morning, so they must have been nesting somewhere else in the podium gardens. Wildlife protection have just attended and removed them to be taken to the nearby ponds half a mile or so away.

  • A good outcome though Rich, some success if not all!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr