Association between male North American Ruddy Ducks and stray ducklings

On 21st May 1960, at Chew Valley Lake, Avon, I saw a female North American Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis emerge from the reeds with two ducklings less than a week old. It may have been the first recorded breeding of the species in the wild in Britain. Thereafter Ruddy Ducks sporadically bred at Chew Valley and one or two br

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