Will our nesting mallard duck be afraid of a water fall in our pond?

Asked May 23, 2016, 6:54 PM EDT

We saw her checking our yard and pond ; she came back several days to swim in our pond. We hadn't set up the water fall yet due to very bad weather. She showed up with a male one day and we never saw him again. Then Jim was watering and he found the nest with eggs. If we hook up the water fall now will it scare her away for good ? I say yes Jim says no. He says the pond is filthy and it needs to be hooked up to cleaned ( we have fish in the pond ) . I say the ducklings will be sucked into the filter. What should we do?

Kane County Illinois birds wildlife duck

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