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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #20 on: September 25, 2022, 08:01:54 PM »
That so cool.  I've put out wood duck nesting boxes on stakes over the water and had chicks on our ponds occasionally but I don't know if they breed in your area because of potential icing of the pond?  They get kicked out of the nest when the propper age, and need to land in the water, not ice.  

They used to be fairly rare, like bluebirds, but are getting more and more plentiful, and just like bluebirds, there are organizations that build and place nesting boxes on Wheeler Refuge and other water areas.

Here's a pretty good link to Woodies, and some of the pictures seem to match.  

A few of them look like Gadwalls.  Gray brown top, black tail, white belly, mallard like neck, just smaller.  Gads have incredible eyesight and are very spooky.  I may be mistaken but that's what popped into my mind when I saw the video.  Woodies and Gads. I'm not the best at duck ID, though.  

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« Reply #21 on: September 25, 2022, 09:23:22 PM »
I subscribe to "Birds of The World" through Cornells' Laboratory of Ornithology which has more detailed info on birds. I just looked up about plumages of Wood Ducks. I think most, if not all of Jeffs' ducks are woodies; adult males, juvenile males, young of year females and adult females. Little wonder they don't look "right." I once saw a bird that I thought looked like some kind of grosbeak but unlike any I had ever seen. When I described it to a local expert birder, he calmly says " that's a first year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak." 

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #22 on: September 25, 2022, 09:41:34 PM »
I am just thrilled to have them. This must be the reason I need to keep raising frogs!
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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2022, 11:02:03 PM »
You have wood ducks, mallards, and black ducks in your video. The larger flock of ducks are mallards and black ducks. They are known as puddle ducks which tip up and feed in the shallow waters with their heads underwater. They are your better eating ducks as compared to the diving ducks which dive fully underwater in the deeper lake waters for their food.

The puddle ducks will frequent your pond to feed and nest along with the wood ducks. Retain any cavity trees around your pond area for wood duck nesting as well as placing a wood duck nest box or two.

You might also get some blue or green winged teal, a much smaller puddle duck, using your pond, when the northern flights start migrating through.


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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2022, 12:12:19 PM »
Yep can definitely make out the woodies in your video. Agree with the other puddle ducks as well 😁

Nice footage!

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Re: Ducks and a kingfisher
« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2022, 04:16:50 PM »
I was heading to the pond this morning to take a skunk to the beach, and found that the ducks are using my foodplota too.
More later on da skunk.
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