There are now 31 eggs in the west nest box. 23 are visible in this picture but there are 9 more underneath. It’s likely that even more will be added since more than one duck barges in each morning and often leaves another egg after putting up with a lot of neck biting and shaking and squawks from the resident hen. The all-time record in our nest boxes is 31 eggs (25 of them hatched) so that record will be broken. The eggs are a couple of layers deep and that makes the incubating hen’s job more difficult.

Ducks are visiting the east nest too, but there are still only 3 eggs in there.

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