… Goes to this Common Merganser and her 76 (yes 76!) youngsters.
Female common mergansers only lay about 12 eggs at a time, so it’s safe to say that not all of the babies are the offspring of Mama Merganser. In fact, female ducks have been known to travel with a few extra babies in tow.
Ducks often lay their eggs in the nests of other ducks—sometimes, they will even deposit eggs with different duck species.
Photographer Brent Cizek recently captured this incredible scene on Minnesota’s Lake Bemidji.