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Very recently hatched young calling for the female: First 2 segments while in the garage, the last segment while halfway to the pond along an open shed.
At 8:30 a.m. EDT, I saw 3 ducklings walking up the driveway. They ended up in the garage where I recorded their calls. One would climb the concrete block wall up to a foot off the floor picking off mosquitoes. Hoping that the female was nearby, I escorted them to the pond a short distance to the west where they entered the water. Unfortunately, the female was nowhere to be seen. It may be that they hatched at the time something happened to the mother or while they were walking overland to water or just got separated at some point. As best that I can tell, they look like Hooded Merganser chicks (from Figure 22 on page 87 of Baicich and Harrison, A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds, 2nd edition). The tops of their heads were brown with brown backs with small white patches on both sides. Their ability to walk quickly overland was remarkable. Also, see Aug 14th checklist S58984880.
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