A question about “Wood Ducks”

Photo’s by: Penny Myers


That is a duck, right? And ducks nest in bird houses attached to trees? I learn something new every day. And I am an old codger! Did everyone else know that fact about ducks except me? Don Barnhisel


Thanks for your question Don. These little guys are called “Wood Ducks”, the males are very colorful and along with their female partners can often be seen landing in the trees. During breeding season they are attracted to these nesting boxes where they bring forth lots of little ones for us to enjoy each year.

To answer the rest of your question, wood ducks are the only resident waterfowl species that we know to present this type of behavior. All the rest, including Mallards, coots, cormorants and Canadian geese, choose to nest on the ground. The only drawback to that is our dog “Gizmo” will often find a nest with fresh eggs, and proudly bring one in the house to show us…

Isn’t it cool to have all of this in our own backyards?

Fairview Lake Wood Ducks

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