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Make Way for Ducklings

Posted on 24 April 2013

Mom and a baby after the ordeal (peter marcelle photo)

Mom and a baby after the ordeal (peter marcelle photo)

by Annette Hinkle

Last Sunday morning near the Sag Harbor windmill, Sag Harbor’s Peter Marcelle noticed a mother duck with four newborn ducklings making their way across the road from Superica toward Windmill Beach.

After successfully navigating the roadway, mama hopped up onto the curb near the beach. The four ducklings, however, were so tiny that when they waddled over the sewer grating in the roadway by the curb, Marcelle said he saw them disappear, one after the other, through the holes of the grate.

“The mother was going ‘quack, quack’ down at the grate, and the little ‘quack quacks’ were coming back up from below,” explained an animated Marcelle later Sunday while sharing iPhone photos from the ordeal.

Luckily, Marcelle thought quick. He headed over to the Sag Harbor police station and officers returned with him to help — as did a number of volunteer firefighters who happened to be getting coffee nearby at the 7-Eleven.

Marcelle reports the grating was removed and a volunteer sent down to retrieve the ducklings. He adds it took several attempts to snag the frightened ducklings, as each time hands reached for them, they headed further into the sewer back toward the Superica side of the road where another volunteer was stationed to intercept them.

In the end, mother and babies were reunited and they continued on their way, settling down on the beach to recover.


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2 Responses to “Make Way for Ducklings”

  1. Fed up with BS says:

    Good job men and women of SHPD and SHFD. Love living here. Only the Mayor thinks differently wanting to get rid of the police. He doesn’t remember all to long ago what happened when he worked for Southampton Town at the dump. Can you say indictment???

  2. Susann Farrell says:

    Love this story! Only in a rare place like Sag Harbor would everyone work so hard to save ducklings. So proud to work out here, wish I lived here!

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