Duck and four ducklings latest wildlife spotted in Central Tallinn

The Common Merganser and brood in Tallinn's Old Town Wednesday.
The Common Merganser and brood in Tallinn's Old Town Wednesday. Source: Aleksander Krjukov

Last week saw a mother bear and her cub taking a long incursion, or excursion, into Tallinn from forest outside the city. On Wednesday afternoon, it was the turn of a duck, together with four ducklings, who far from sticking to the leafier districts of the capital, made their way through the usually thronging Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats), ERR's Menu portal reports.

The duck, a Common Merganser, to be precise, together with its brood, was filmed making its way from the square into the adjacent Mündi street (see video). Whither and whence has not been reported yet. The species is a year-round resident in Estonia.

Town Hall Square has been much quieter than usual so far this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a combination of a relaxation of restrictions, the opening of outdoor terraces, reduced prices which, rumor has it, have seen beer prices as low as €4 per liter, the on-off arrival of warmer weather, and the chance to enjoy the square relatively free of foreign tourists, have all contributed to growing numbers of humans congregating there.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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