🐤WOOD DUCKS

Here we are in 2019.

I have three nesting boxes on the frog pond. Two of the three have hatched out. The last one hadn't hatched yesterday. We'll see what happens today.

Box #1 was the 2nd one to be filled. Hatched May 27th. 12 eggs.
Box #2 is due to hatch around June 5th, 10 eggs. 
Box #3 is the earliest to have been laid. They hatched May 30th. There were 22 eggs! 

May 31st

I'm having a hard time getting photos of the jump off. 
 Can you see her in these two photos? This is all I get. The ducklings are too small to trigger it, I think.



May 30th – Box #3 is empty

I had NOTHING on the trailcams. How disappointing. I am part of citizen science Bird Studies Canada Project Nest Watch Canada. They won't be back, and I'll not see the ducklings again. It's too dangerous on the pond. 


This is a little duckling, trailing after its mother and siblings, headed for the safety of the deep wetland. I spotted it a couple of years ago. They'd come from across the highway and the lake.

They've done well to survive and I wish them well in the wetland. I've now watched 34 eggs (12 + 22) hatch out 29 chicks from two of the nesting boxes. 

May 27th – Box #1 is empty

Jump for freedom 7:38 a.m. I managed to capture a video of an egg hatching. Then, I went back, having moved the videocam, and captured them leaving the nest. One duckling remains on the pond, which isn't good. She should have followed momma into the depths of the wetland.




May 26 – I was in for a surprise

After watching box #3 closely, it could hatch any day now, I was surprised by seeing ducklings in box #1. They shouldn't be ready! 

May 23 – We are waiting!

Box #1 was the 2nd one to be filled. Hatch day May 30th. 12 eggs.
Box #2 is due to hatch around June 5th. 12 eggs. The raccoons have been trying to get at it.
Box #3 is the earliest to have been laid. They are due to hatch May 21st or so. There are 22 eggs! Usually they lay 6 - 15, but I think someone (without a nest box) has been sneaking in!


Sadly, my friend's wood duck eggs were killed by a fisher last week. Right in their back. They watched in horror.

"Once threatened with near extinction, populations of one of North America’s most recognizable and celebrated waterfowl are now stable or increasing."
Despite its importance in population dynamics, duckling survival is one of the most poorly understood components of the waterfowl life cycle. It takes 50-70 days for ducklings to attain flight status, and survival during this period is highly variable, ranging from less than 10 percent to as high as 70 percent. The most common causes of duckling mortality include predation, adverse weather conditions, starvation, disease, and parasites. Ducklings are excellent fare for nearly every type of predator, including fish (largemouth bass and northern pike), amphibians (bullfrogs), reptiles (snakes and snapping turtles), and mammals (foxes, raccoons, mink, and feral cats). Likewise, other birds such as hawks, owls, gulls, herons, and crows will make a meal of ducklings.

May 9th Box #3 is full; click here for the video

May 3

Box #1 has about 9 eggs in it.

April 23

Box # 3. I walked down to the pond, and flushed her from the nest though I didn't mean to. She heard me coming and scampered. I counted 5 or 6 eggs.

April 22

Three ducks in three nesting boxes! No downy feathers yet.

April 19


April 17

wood ducks from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

April 8th





2014 –  #1 Wood duck on the nest | Miracle of nature: wood ducks
My first box.
box #1

        – Cleaning out the wood duck nesting box
       –Wood ducks hatched!
Box #2

June 2017 – Frog pond update: Wood duck box #2
boxes #3 and #2
my repaired box #3
Wood duck box 3



2018 Wood duck nests

3 comments:

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

It's lovely to see wildlife in the natural state. I've never seen otters in the wild only in parks in cages. Thanks for your visit to my blog and the lovely comments you left.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Jen

The Wood Ducks are my favorite. The males are beautiful and the ducklings are so cute. I hope they all survive since hatching. Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

Anu said...

Hello. Thank you for this interesting post. The Wood ducks are beautiful looking birds.