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Wood Ducks Returning To Northern New England

A welcome sign of spring in northern New England is the return of the Wood Duck to wooded swamps and wetlands.  There are seven species of North American ducks that regularly nest in cavities and the Wood Duck is uniquely adapted for doing so.  Its slim body allows it to use Pileated Woodpecker cavities for nesting and the acuity of its large eyes allows it to avoid branches while flying through wooded areas.  Even so, it still tends to make one look twice to see ducks perched up in a tree!

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9 responses

  1. What a beautiful portrait, Mary.

    April 2, 2021 at 7:32 am

  2. Thanks so much, Kathie. The birds and the camera get all the credit!

    April 2, 2021 at 7:47 am

  3. Clara Mulligan

    Great photo! Thanks for sharing your love of all things, Clara

    On Friday, April 2, 2021, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” A welcome sign of spring in northern New England is > the return of the Wood Duck to wooded swamps and wetlands. There are seven > species of North American ducks that regularly nest in cavities and the > Wood Duck is uniquely adapted for doing so. Its s” >

    April 2, 2021 at 7:51 am

  4. Alice

    It’s funny to see ‘larger birds’ in trees…even though many do fly up to higher branches…vultures, eagles, etc.

    April 2, 2021 at 12:52 pm

  5. Stein

    An amazing shot, Mary.

    April 2, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    • Thanks so much, Stein. Luck, luck, luck plus nice camera and lens!

      April 2, 2021 at 1:53 pm

  6. Charlotte Hanna

    What a fabulous photo!

    April 3, 2021 at 3:19 pm

  7. David & Sue Taylor

    We put up two Wood Duck nest boxes yesterday. Can’t wait to see if they are used! We understand they readily make use of nest boxes put up near ponds and marshes. We’ll see. David Taylor Plainfield, NH

    April 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

  8. Penny March

    Lots of mergansers on the Ottauquechee River now. Seen them myself!

    April 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm

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