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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:16 am 
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There are a 100+ mallards wintering on the ponds at the Eldorado Golf course in McKinney, and they have been fun to watch.

On a couple of occasions they seem to be chasing insects, at least their heads down and quick changes in direction (for a duck on land) seem to indicate that.

It is also a good time of year to start watching for mating behavior. Mallards pair up in the winter, with the male following the female back to her home each spring. I have seen males fighting and exhibiting courtship displays.

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If you are watching mallards and hear the loud quack, quack, quack call, it is a female. The males have a much lower, less emphatic call.

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