Meet the Wood Duck

Meet the Wood Duck

The Male is very colorful and well actually, pretty! Though the female isn’t quite as colorful, she is still beautiful…

They will make a loud wooo-eeek call when startled into flight…

This is a photo of the male Wood Duck, see his dark green head and bright red eye!

Here is the female, her head is gray and she has a white eye-patch as well as a beautiful patch of blue on her wings.

They breed mostly in the east, but also can be permanent residents on the west coast. They will pair off in the winter, then the males will follow the females to the nesting range. Some years a male might end up migrating close by, while the next year he may go farther up north (they get a new mate each year)…

They nest in tree cavities near water which can be up to 65 feet above the ground! Often females will lay their eggs in others’ nests, leaving that female to incubate the eggs.

Young ducklings jump to the ground the day after they hatch!!!

Mom will take care of them for about 6 weeks.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

Birds Out My Window…

Birds Out My Window…

Since I’ve been staying home far more than normal over the past year, I’ve been seeing a lot of birds in my backyard while I look through my window…

I thought I would share them with you.

Here are a couple of Bald Eagles that I see hunting in the lake almost everyday. They have a nest further down the lake, but I haven’t found it yet…

This Bald Eagle actually caught a turtle! They will eat turtles, birds and other small mammals when there is a shortage of fish.

I didn’t know that there was a shortage of fish in the lake, but in the past I have seen groups of 100+ Double Crested Cormorants having a feeding frenzy, so the lake is possibly over fished…

This Wood Duck got spooked out of the water, so he flew up to the safety of the trees.

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!