Saturday 19 May 2018

Wood duck nests 2018

June 15th

Box #2 – all gone!

June 12th

Box #1 – eggs gone, momma gone!
Box #2 – momma still on the warm eggs.

May 16 – Wood duck boxes

Box #1 – 8 eggs, up to 11 eggs, now.
Box #2 – 9 eggs
Box #3 – 4 eggs: nest abandoned.

Sadly, I was back to check on them. Box #3 (left) the eggs are cold.

#2 and #3

There are 11 in woodbox #1.

These walked across onto the land!

Wood ducks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

May 26th, pond sounds, including a barred owl chick.

Pond sounds from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo. Last year, I would sit across the pond and watch them come and go.


Wood ducklings from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

I checked the duck box and there are no eggs left, so 12/12 hatched! Sadly, they have a 30 - 40% survive 90 days.


William Kendall said...

You'll have to wait and see.

Red said...

Checking these ducks satisfies your curiosity but the notes on their behavior are also valuable.

Powell River Books said...

How do you know what is inside the nesting boxes? That's a long time for large broods to be in a small box with an adult coming to feed them. Guess that helps them decide to make the big leap to fledge. - Margy

Jenn Jilks said...

I peeked, Margy! I didn't realize they were in there yet, I flushed her from the nest and opened the door and counted them. It helps to put the videocam up above my head to see it.
The thing about wood ducks is that they leave the nest about 24 hours after they hatch, the take off into the wetland!