While this unusual surge in strange duck behaviour is certainly ruffling my feathers, i thought i'd hark back to a little tidbit of information from last year that gave me a lot of personal solace: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) preliminary report on mid-continent breeding ducks and habitats.
It found that overall duck populations had increased 14 percent since the previous year with an estimated 41.2 million breeding ducks found in the surveyed area. Fantastic stuff and heart warming news for a friends of the duck
i'm not usually one for conspiracy theories and the like, but could things like this; an unusually large number of breeding ducks, and the strange instances we've been getting reports on be linked? Has this bulge in ducks numbers caused some of the more robust individuals to make an extended flight down south and perpetrate the Anatidae antics we've been seeing?
Or, as Max speculates, is it linked somehow to new carbs and proteins they're eating?
I'm going to dig further.