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Michael Chun

Fishkill, NY, USA

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10 eggs in a ground nest. Habitat – under a small evergreen bush next to the front door of our house. I have not seen the parents. They are the size of chicken eggs.

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Unknown Ground Nest

10 eggs in a ground nest. Habitat - under a small evergreen bush next to the front door of our house.

6 responses to “Unknown ground nest”

  1. Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

    Hi Michael, This could be duck eggs, or Wild Turkey. We encourage you to seep an eye out for the adult to confirm identification, and invite you to report this nest to NestWatch (First review our Code of Conduct and then click on the “Your Data” tab to get started).

  2. Micah Grove says:

    This is a duck nest, the feathers on the ground are from a duck. Turkey eggs would be to big. It might be a American Wigeon nest. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Wigeon/lifehistory#nesting

    • Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Micah, American Wigeons migrate through New York, but do not breed here. Identifying duck eggs can be pretty difficult without seeing the adult, as many ducks have similarly colored eggs. While Mallard and American Black Duck are most likely given the location of the nest, keeping an eye out for the adult will be the best way to confirm the ID.

  3. birdloverUK says:

    Hello! i’m from bermuda and here we have many wild mallard ducks! i’ve seen multiple nests and i think its a mallard nest. Ive also had many encounters with pheasent and duck nests and for some wierd reason, half way through incubation, they just leave!

    • Holly Faulkner, Project Assistant says:

      Hi, Birds will often abandon nests if they are disturbed too often, such as by predators or humans. They can also abandon nests due to environmental factors. Mallards in particular usually re-nest nearby if they end up needing to abandon their first one. The typical incubation period for Mallards is anywhere from 23-30 days.

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