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Continued: Collared doves are now more common residents in Minnesota

  • Article by: VAL CUNNINGHAM , Contributing Writer
  • Last update: July 16, 2013 - 3:38 PM

Duck hill

Q: A mallard duck laid her eggs on top of our pile of wood chips we were getting ready to spread as mulch. We plan to hold off on this but I wonder if I should leave some cracked corn for her, so she doesn’t have to leave the nest.

A: Good for you for letting the mother mallard take over your mulch pile for almost a month. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to put out food for her, because this could attract rodents that might try to steal some eggs, and other birds, which might bother her. The nearby pond you mentioned provides the food she needs without extended absences from her nest. Putting out corn might change the dynamic in a negative way.

 

St. Paul resident Val Cunningham, who leads bird hikes for the St. Paul Audubon Society and writes about nature for local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, can be reached at val​writes@comcast.net.

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