For several years, the same female duck has flown into a courtyard at the Riverhead Correctional Facility to lay her eggs. Those eggs hatched in early June, and since then, the mother duck and her 15 ducklings have been treated to a regular diet of corn meal, friendly visits from jail staff, and plenty of swim time in the courtyard’s fish pond. On Tuesday, July 2nd, the baby ducks and their mama duck were captured and released into the Peconic River.
On July 2, 2019, Mom and her ducklings were loaded into boxes in the courtyard area of the Riverhead Jail at approximately 9:30 am. They were placed into a Sheriff’s vehicle, transported to a nearby area along the Peconic River, and released into the wild.