Friday, March 31, 2017

Wood Duck

Reports of Wood Ducks bought us to the Dennison Water Treatment Ponds last Tuesday. My 2017 Year List seems to be progressing at a snail’s pace. We were delighted when a group of four Wood Ducks swooped low over the pond and spashed down in fromt of us. This image shows a drake with a hen.

In the early 1900s, Wood Ducks were thought to be doomed because of habitat destruction and over-hunting. The species has made a comeback, thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, hunting regulations, and conservation efforts. Expanding beaver populations have also contributed to habitat for expanding Wood Duck populations.

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