These residents of the 79th Street Boat Basin are not Mallards. I’m told by Manhattan Bird Alert that they are hybrid domestic birds, not wild breeds at all, probably released into the wild some time ago. They have apparently made their home at the boat basin for years, but with all the boats now gone, I wonder if they are able to get enough food. Hope they make it, there won’t be boats back on these docks for years and there is a lot of construction heading their way.
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