My husband and I enjoy walking and cycling at Presque Isle State Park and would go everyday if we had the chance to do so. A walking/bike path starts on the bay side of the pennisula and meanders around to the lake side. Often we see Mallards staying close to the rocky shore on the side of the bay. When the water is calm you can become tranquil just watching them slowly floating along dipping their heads to feed.
Mallards are “dabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. They can be very tame ducks especially in city ponds, and often group together with other Mallards and other species of dabbling ducks.
Mallard pairs form long before the spring breeding season. Pairing takes place in the fall, but courtship can be seen all winter. Only the female incubates the eggs and takes care of the ducklings.
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