[Tweeters] Mallard eating koi?

Kathy Andrich chukarbird at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 11 08:51:13 PDT 2005

Hi Michael and Tweeters,

The Mallards here (Portage Bay) will eat the same dead
little fish the crows going fishing for. I have also
watched Mallards eat rotten dead salmon on the
sandbars or shores of the Cedar River. Yuck, a duck
with fish breathe.

Roosting in S King County

--- Michael Hobbs <birdmarymoor at verizon.net> wrote:

> Tweets -


> My dentist had an interesting bird tale for me

> today.


> He has a small koi pond, and he reported once seeing

> a Mallard land there,

> hop into the pond, somehow manage to catch baby koi.


> Specifically, what he reported was that the Mallard

> managed to flip the baby

> koi out of the water onto the grass. Later, the

> Mallard came up and ate

> them off the grass. He also mentioned that the

> babies seldom thrive, so

> they may not have been 100%.


> I've never heard anything like that. Also, the BNA

> account does not seem to

> mention fish as part of the Mallard diet (though it

> does mention aquatic

> invertebrates).


> Weird.


> == Michael Hobbs

> == Kirkland, WA

> == http://www.scn.org/fomp/birding.htm

> == birdmarymoor at verizon.net



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