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Monday, August 15, 2005

Bird life in the garden - Mallard Duck

The Mallard Duck is New Zealand's most predominantly observed and culled duck. Introduced initially in 1867 from English game stock sadly failed to establish, then in the 1930's and 40's eggs from the states were introduced. From here Mallard duck were sucessfully and rapidly spread throughout the country as a game animal.
Along with the sport the ducks provided they also contribute their tallents to the garden. With an insatiable appetite for snails, snail eggs and various other garden pests, also provide lawn fertilizer through their droppings.
Seen frequently in suburban areas of New Zealand the Mallard can sometimes be classed as a pest.

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