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I heard from a friend that along the river where I found the Owlets there was a family of Wood Ducks so, I went to check it out and sure enough I found some of them. My friend said there were 6 chicks, but I only saw 3.
I hope the others were just napping.
Here’s the male…aka Dad Wood Duck. Isn’t he a beautiful duck!
Here’s Mama. It looks like I caught her just after her bath. It must have been a fast one b/c now she’s after the chicks making sure they’re alright.
Here’s the first chick I spied. This is the only chick I was able to get a decent image of as the other two stayed in the reeds.
Wood Duck Fun Facts:
- Natural cavities for nesting are scarce, and the Wood Duck readily uses nest boxes provided for it. If nest boxes are placed too close together, many females lay eggs in the nests of other females.
- Wood Ducks pair up in January, and most birds arriving at the breeding grounds in the spring are already paired. The Wood Duck is the only North American duck that regularly produces two broods in one year.
- The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times over a mile away. After hatching, the ducklings jump down from the nest tree and make their way to water. The mother calls them to her, but does not help them in any way. The ducklings may jump from heights of over 50 feet without injury.
- The oldest recorded Wood Duck was a male and at least 22 years, 6 months old. He was banded in Oregon and found in California.
Fun Facts gleaned from https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wood_Duck/
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I hope you all have a good week-end!
more to come…
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