What to my wondering eyes ….ducks in trees. Although not the best of photos, it is easily determined these are wood ducks. I love living here. Every year there is something new and exciting to learn.
Male Wood Duck
Amazed to see a pair of Wood Ducks in the woods behind our house, I started searching for information to find that they do indeed nest in the hollow of trees such as a Pileated Woodpecker might carve and near water. We have Beaver Dam Creek nearby.
Female Wood Duck
A quick Google search rendered a beautiful post on Larry Jordan’s blog, The Birder’s Report, made about this time last year. As you can see, the Steve Berliner photos are exquisite.
A YouTube search, and you can see little ducklings plummeting to the ground. According to the Cornell site, they can jump from a height of 290′ (has to be a mistake) without injury. Deep nesting boxes prevent predation by raccoons.
I hope the Wood Ducks find a good site and remain.