Saturday, 2 May 2020

Wood duck disaster

Box #1 on a dead tree, note the baffle
It makes me sad. We've been coping as best we can these days. This was a disappointment.

I don't know how the predator cleared everything out of the box.

I refilled it and will hope for the best. It's so sad. It is early in the season. I hope they nest again, maybe in the other box. There are baffles under all the boxes on the trees. Box #2 is empty, as well.

This is nest box #3 and it is full! I flushed her from the nest, not realizing. I had not seen another pair on the pond.

Nutmeg cat, meantime, was off to the vet. One of them has been throwing up. We think it is her. I'm at my wit's end. JB took her off to the vet. They picked her carrier up and took her inside. JB waited in the car. They phoned me, they gave her an x-ray and she has undigested bones in her digestive system. We've got laxatone to give her, to help flush them out. They brought her back out, and gave JB the bill and he paid the $350.

Saturday's Critters #333


eileeninmd said...


Love the wood ducks! I am sorry about Meg, I hope she is recovering.
Thank you for linking up and sharing the post. Take care! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great weekend!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Yikes, the huntress pays - no wait, that's her owners!!! So sad about the duck eggs. YAM xx

Tom said... nature life is rarely fair.

Ella said...

That was terrible what happened to the litter ... let's hope for the best and that the duks will come back!
I will never understand why are the vets so expensive ...? !!
I wish you a nice day, stay safe!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I can well understand your disappointment at the destruction of the Wood Duck clutch, and although it is nature taking its course one cannot help but feel a sense of regret that the Wood Duck pair never got a chance to raise their young. I have every appendage I can cross crossed for better luck with the other nest box!

Anvilcloud said...

That's sad about the eggs, and the bill for the cat is kind of sad too.

Olga said...

Life is hard right now, even for ducks. but some predator went away fed.

Phil Slade said...

That's such a shame after the ducks worked so hard. If it was a cat, I'm afraid that unless you are very lucky, cats and birds just don't mix.

Good luck with your op. It's happening here too.

italiafinlandia said...

the wood ducks are very beautiful.
Cheers to the lovely cat!

Jenn Jilks said...

It's not a cat, Phil. The baffle would prevent them climbing. They couldn't lift out the eggs, either, or even know there were birds in there.

RedPat said...

I hope there is better luck for this clutch of eggs. And I hope that sorts out Nutmeg too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful wood ducks! I hope your cat feels better soon but I would think it was a wild critter that raided the eggs. I hope you can figure it out though!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I see now you've already said it wasn't a cat! I just read your comment! Hugs!

Nancy J said...

Do you have stoats or ferrets? they are nasty predators and long and lean. Hope those bones pass through, an expensive visit, down here any anaesthetic starts at $250, and then anything else is added on. Same system, leave the cat in his cage at the door, they come out with mask, glove and gown, etc, then you pay on the machine, also outside, they might pass it arm arm's length to you in the car!!! Cool and very strong wind here, and more so further south.

Red said...

I'll be interested to find out hat this predator is. When you work hard and put up nest boxes it's sad to see it ruined.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh that is sad about the eggs.

Vets bills are never cheap!

Take care

All the best Jan

Nancy Chan said...

It is sad to lose the eggs. Vets are so expensive. Hope the cat is alright now.

Lea said...

Sad about the Wood Ducks, glad the cat will be okay.
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Have a blessed day!

NatureFootstep said...

such a sad story. I hope you will get some chicks later on.