Sunday, September 12, 2021

Wood Duck

A splash of Wood Duck color at the McLane Creek Nature Trail on 10 September 2021 got Erika and me wondering about the distribution of this duck across the year. Sometimes we don’t see this duck there, other times, like this day, they are abundant. Exploring eBird proves that Wood Ducks are seen frequently at McLane Creek all year. Apparently our personal lack of records from November to February is due to our own faulty observational skills. This photograph shows an immature male in front of an adult male.

1 comment:

  1. I think the one in the front is an adult male in eclipse. Immature male wood ducks wouldn't be molting into adult feathers yet. Would look more like this:
    And in my experience would still be flocking with their mothers and sisters at this time, not older drakes.