Sunday, 4 June 2017

Wood ducks have hatched!

Wood ducklings from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I just checked the nest and 12/12 hatched! They incubate 4 - 5 weeks, and these were in 4 weeks, 5 days. I've gathered all their photos, and timelines, here. There were ants in the nest, sucking out the remains of the shells. She only left two halves in there. I cleaned it out.
Now, they follow her around, eating bugs, in the wetland.

It varies widely, but it commonly is estimated that only 30-40 percent of the brood will survive the first 90 days. 
These are photos of a little duckling following momma and 3 siblings across our front lawn a few years ago.



Momma was pretending to be hurt to distract me.
momma wood duck from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I have tried over several years to capture the chicks leaving the nest but they are simply too fast! The trailcam isn't meant for birds, but for large animals. There is still another pair on the pond, as well as about 4 male mallards.

ducks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Oh my, they are cuties! Love the ducklings. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Phil Slade said...

That's brilliant. There must be a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you gave those ducklings a safe start in life.I hope they do well from now on.

Breathtaking said...

Hello!:) How adorable the chicks look sitting on the fluffy down feathers,...it's a lovely shot!:)

carol l mckenna said...

Oh they are so cute ~ neat photos and video ~

Happy Sunday ~ ^_^

Nancy J said...

Lovely, you have the best wildlife there, right at your doorstep.

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Praise be!!! This is all so extraordinary!! I am in total awe; nearly speechless!!!

Thanks so much for joining us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend. It's always wonderful to have you share if and when you can.

Christine said...

Wonderful news of the hatching!

Red said...

Exciting times for you!

David Gascoigne said...

A successful Wood Duck family is cause for great celebration.

Sue (this n that) said...

So sweet and cute! What a cosy nest of downy feathers... how lovely. Thanks for the videos Jenn :D)

William Kendall said...

Cute little balls of fluff!

A Colorful World said...

I enjoyed these videos so much! Wonderful!