Mergansers soon

I just now (8:30am) saw the merganser was away so I checked the nest: the hatching process has started. I’m not sure exactly how to judge it, but the eggs are definitely pipped so hatching will begin in the next 24 hours … or perhaps is starting now? Those eggs are broken quite a bit.

For a moment I could see the duckling’s little bill, but it moved just as I took the picture.

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