DucksI finally remembered to research mallard ducks to see the length of nesting time, etc.
Fascinating stuff because so many things I'd been told about mallards seems to be incorrect.
1) They mate for life
Apparently not. They choose their mate in the fall and breed in the spring.
2) Ducks do not eat fish
Apparently they do--small ones. And frogs, tadpoles, snails, etc.
3) Both take care of the nest and young.
Apparently the males abandon the females after 10 days and molt all their feathers and can't fly for quite some time after the breeding season. I think it was up to 30 days.
Guess I won't see Gaylord and Magnolia again...at least I may not until next spring!