The counts this month were as follows: Mallard (49; 17 adults and 4 broods of ducklings, 7, 7,8 and 10), Coot (20; 7 adults and 5 broods of chicks totalling 13 birds), Great-crested Grebe ( 11; 3 adults and 2 broods of 4 chicks each), Little Grebe (2 adults with a nest), Tufted Duck (11; all adults), Grey Heron (1), Canada Goose (1 on the bottom reservoir with a female Mallard and her ducklings), Cormorant (1 adult bird- the first of the "winter"!!),
Checking back on June sightings for the last few years, these numbers are pretty much in line with what's expected. I'm particularly happy with the Little Grebe nest though, as this species has been very quiet and elusive this year. Hopefully they'll continue with the nest and raise some young as well.
Here are a few shots of the Mallard ducklings.
Mallards and a Canada Goose