Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

Common resident, with small numbers breeding.

Breeding:
2005: Adults with 2 broods of 4 chicks, 27 May 2005.
2008: 1 female raised a brood of 7 chicks to independence on the Quarry (Steve Morrison). Also 1 other female with 2 small young (didn’t survive).
2009: 30th June, broods of 7, 8, 3 and 1 chicks seen (Trevor Thorpe). Adult with 8 ducklings, 7th April 2007, then 6 on 24th April. 3 broods of chicks seen in that month. Broods of 4 and 2 chicks, 16th April.
2010: Broods on 12 and 9 chicks, 25th April.
2011: 10 young seen in one brood on 10th April. Four broods of chicks seen on 19th April (Trevor Thorpe). Three broods of 4-5 well grown chicks, 17th June.
2012: 3 broods, adults with 2, 3 and 12 ducklings respectively, 3rd May. 1 with 8 newly hatched ducklings, 24th May. Females with broods of 5 and 6 chicks, and a group of 7 unaccompanied juveniles, 29th Jun.
2013: Female with 9 young on 23rd March (CP). Young seen on 26th April (LB).
2014: 15th April: 2 females with <1 week old young, 6 each. (DC). There was one female with 4 ducklings on 20th June (Trevor Wilkinson).
2015: A female with 5 young on 11th April; 2 broods on 14th May, 1 with 4 young; 1 female with a single duckling, 14th July.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002
2003 10 5
2004 4 6 15 30 10 58 3 20
2005 12 4 6 4 6 5 24
2006 23 10 10 7 28 24 9 17 17
2007 20 9 2 2 16 4 6 6
2008 15 5 12 28
2009 32 14 7 20 32 60
2010 14 14 49 9 6 26
2011 56 12 10 18 34 44 38 21 32 24 31 25
2012 39 9 22 12 33 76 62 54 24 48 16 33
2013 72 22 18 22 22 43 51 48 16 32 29 66
2014 28 17 47 24 24 40 75 43 25 10 61 72
2015 69 7 26 29 33 40 65 50 13 27 29 29
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