[Tweeters] Frisky Mallard Behavior: WHY???

Marc Hoffman tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com
Tue Oct 18 09:37:13 PDT 2011

My first thought was that it was courtship behavior, which fits with
the autumnal timing of Mallard pairing. But it's also interesting to
me that, after a couple of males start doing the hokey pokey, it is
the lone female toward the right side who really kicks things up. Now
I wish I'd taken more footage to see if that was a pattern ;(

Marc Hoffman
Kirkland, WA

At 10:25 PM 10/17/2011, notcalm at comcast.net wrote:

>Hello Marc,


>It is possible that this is another bathing behavior. I have seen

>other Mallards do this, even when they are alone. It appears that

>each species has stereotypical bathing behaviors- even though there

>may be much "overlap". On the same note, in September, I was

>capturing video of a Solitary Sandpiper at close range. It was

>bathing away and suddenly did a head fist standing dive and landed

>in a mirror image position and kept on bathing- apparently this is a

>behavior not uncommon with that species.


>Dan Reiff




>From: "Marc Hoffman" <tweeters at dartfrogmedia.com>

>To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

>Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 6:24:03 PM

>Subject: [Tweeters] Frisky Mallard Behavior: WHY???


>Sunday Tina Blade and I visited Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

>for several hours in the afternoon. We watched some very frisky

>Mallards splashing around the main pond and wondered what the story

>was: is this courtship, grooming, just plain fun, or what?


>Here's a link to a short video of the behavior:



>You can hear hunters shooting in the background, but really I could

>find no reason to suspect the birds were being startled.


>Marc Hoffman

>Kirkland, WA


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