Wild ducklings helping themselves to a complimentary plate of duck pellets on the roof deck of an Upper East Side apartment in New York. – Reuters
New York’s Mallard ducks, seeking safe spots for their nests, have an eye for prime real estate and often nest on high floors on Manhattan’s affluent Upper East and West sides.
Tina Chen has her hands full as a New York City actress, director and now surrogate mother to 16 ducklings that have hatched on her high-rise apartment roof deck.
These 16 baby birds born in early May, are enjoying the hospitality of Chen, whose 12th-floor deck between Madison and Park Avenues has been home to wild ducklings for the last four years.
They are the first of what is likely to be as many as 10 broods born this season high atop New York City buildings, wildlife experts say.