I live on a lake. I have bird feeders in my yard. Mom and dad(mallards)have been bringing the babies up to the feeders. Yesterday evening mom dad and remaining 2 babies jumped in the water, with in minutes 2 males (mallards) swooped in and took one of the babies. Fights insued for several minutes, mom and dad abanded the babies. They were trying to follow the 2 males whom are ignoring them around this morning. Mom and dad moved to the woods across the street. Babies came up to the feeders alone earlier. Why did mom leave them? My heart is broken...they just wandered up again looking for mom and dad.....
Thank you! They were fine, until the fight. The babies are small, still all down feathers. Was a crazy scene to watch.