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New flock coming to Lake Loretta

June 5, 2005

Albany- Catching a duck is no easy task. Just ask Marsha Kinnett and her friend Bill Sanford who corral 12 ducks nightly to keep them safe.

Marsha bought and released the six white Peking Ducks enjoyed and fed by many who stop by Lake Loretta to see the birds. Soon they'll be a new flock in town.

"You can't put a single duck out here alone. They will not survive," said Kinnett.

That's why Marsha is waiting for the two smallest ducks to get big enough to release the flock of twelve together. Only then will the ducks will move from Marsha's backyard to their new waterfront home.

"We have some really large fish in the lake and they pull the baby's under and drown them and so they die, and that's why we don't have any baby ducks on the lake," said Kinnett.

They recently lost four babies born earlier this year to Yankee, Doodle, and Dandy, who Marsha released onto the lake last year. There are also other predators that could cause these ducks harm.

"If they're on the shore, cats that run the neighborhood can get them. We have a fox that runs the neighborhood at night. We have owls," said Kinnett.

Many of the ducks are also struck by motorists who drive too quickly around the lake. This pack of twelve doesn't share the same parents. Marsha rescued the one with yellow wings after it was attacked by an animal and is helping the bird to heal.

Other were bought at the store and some were dropped by the lake but may have died if not taken in. But their a family now and will likely stay together when they're released. And like a mother hen, they'll be watched closely by Marsha. Marsha,

"I have wonderful memories from my childhood with the ducks, and we just want to get about 30 white Peking Ducks out here again for all the kids to enjoy," said Kinnett.

When the 12 ducks are released on the lake the Peking population will be up to twenty. The ducks live to be around 15 years old and Marsha is hoping over the years the population will grow to around 30.

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