I WITNESSED A TRAGEDY A mallard hen was standing on the pavement near the edge of Columbia Parkway, just by the Jersey barrier (a half-mile from the nearest body of water — the Ohio River). No drake was in evidence. The little hen did not look like she had a lot of energy. She just stood there as the cars wooshed by her. It wouldn’t surprise me to find she was hit very shortly after I saw her.
I can almost guarantee you that she lost her mate, and fairly recently, and was dazed and confused and not sure what to do next.