Thursday, 13 June 2019

Wood duck box #2

2019 report
This is the last box to have a tenant. I went down June 8th, and she was still on the nest. The eggs showed no signs of hatching. On June 9th, the box was empty and 10 ducklings are off on an adventure. NOTHING on either trailcam. I am so disappointed. We're done for the year.

We've had some cold temperatures, but they were to hatch on or after June 5th.
Sadly, the crows had been harassing her.

Here she is hopping back into the box.

The last few days continued to be cool. They are tucked and cozy inside the box, with wood shavings. On top of that, downy feathers. I estimated 10 eggs by gently feeling inside the box.
She is bothered by critters enough. The crow in the day, Butch raccoon by night. I have failed to capture much on the trailcams.
Suddenly, on the weekend, we had higher temperatures and sunshine. It was a fine weekend. Sunday morning, they were gone.


eileeninmd said...

Oh my, what a lovely wood duck family. The babies are adorable.
Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend ahead!

RedPat said...

I hope they made it safely away!

Nancy J said...

Lovely babies in the nest, one day you will capture their flight. Looks like you at last have some really spring-like days.

William Kendall said...

You've given the family a safe start, and that's a good thing.

Anvilcloud said...

Too bad their stay is so brief.

Evi Erlinda said...

Cute babies :)

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Oh I too wish you had caught more on camera, however so happy they seem to have fledged safety! Interesting and thanks for sharing, Jenn.