Was just wondering wot the most mallard eggs u've seen in a nest is.
Disturbed a mallard tonite so had a very quick look at the nest, was jam packed with eggs, just counted 17 off the photo. had a quick look on net and most sites say 8-12 eggs
I usually go out off my way not to distrurb nests but have never seen a nest with anything like that ammount off eggs in before.
Is there any easy way to proect the nest, ackdaws/crows will be the biggest problem, bit of rylock over it, but at same time don't want to disturb her too much.
The ironic thing is she is nesting right beside 1 of the 'hen houses' we put up for them to nest in, just a wee bit late getting them out. Hope she and clutch survive