Second record of Pochard Aythya ferina nesting in Menorca

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This spring has been detected the second Pochard nesting record in Menorca. During one visit of our guide at a small marsh covered by reeds and rushes, he observed a female of Pochard with four young ducklings. He has been observing established pairs of Pochard for this spring with an evident territorially behaviour.
The first nesting record of Pochard was in 2008 at Albufera des Grau, when was observed a female of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos followed by five young, and two of them were Pochard young.     
Six species of ducks have bred this spring (2013) in Menorca: the Shelduck Tadorna tadorna, the Mallard, the Gadwall Anas strepera, the Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina, the Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca and the Pochard. A treat for the island and bird lovers.

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