The last three springs a pair of Mandarin ducks have toured the valley diligently inspecting every tree hole and nest box. Or, rather, the female inspected every hole and box while the male sat on an adjacent branch looking like Mr Average on a shopping trip for curtains.

Drake Mandarin duck below the viaduct at Tong Park

I’ve no idea which tree they eventually chose but, happily, this week three ducklings were on the Hollins Hall Golf course pond.

Mandarin Ducklings, Tong Park, June 2019

Roger W 23/6/19

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