Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wood Duck Nest Box

We've been noticing that the Wood Ducks are coming around very often now. They found the sunflower seeds we scatter for the finches and the millet we scatter for the doves. They love it. We found duck prints in the fresh snow on Saturday morning (yes, we had yet another snowfall!) coming right up to the front of the house. I think we have accepted that we have wood ducks to care for this year.
So Roger decided Sunday morning to build them a nest box. He checked online and found some great instructions. It took four hours from start to finish. We're hoping that at least one of the many pairs that have been hanging around the house will move in. Of course, I'm already feeling that we should build another box, just in case the second (or third) pair don't have their heart set on a place yet. In the almost dark Sunday evening, we saw a pair walk by the window on their way to some place in the yard. How can we resist their spring desires? We can't.

I have to say, watching Roger work for hours on this box, dig the hole for the post, and then place it, reminded me of my old Rogie. He worked hard and had the energy for it. Yes, he was tired afterward, but he took a break and then split some firewood. I couldn't believe how GREAT it was to have that Rogie back. My heart was singing.

15 comments:

  1. wooohooo go Roger!
    don't worry about more then one box, the females will share the box and lay all their eggs in one nest, even sharing incubation, usually one will take on the role and when they hatch there will be many many ducklings to watch. Hooded Magansers will also lay eggs in with Woodduck eggs. So exciting!

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  2. great photo of duck prints in the snow!

    Oh Roger, such a talented, energetic man. It is good, no GREAT, to hear he is getting stronger.

    Oh, Happy Lil' Wood Ducks.

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  3. Way to go Roger!!! Wonderful news that he is being so active and creative.
    I did not know ducks would use a box and Dawn's explanation how they will share is facinating. Dang, wish I had a pond.

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  4. I can hear your heart singing all the way across the country!

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  5. How neat to have the Wood ducks feeling so comfortable that they are wandering up near your house. Great to hear that Roger has more energy and is feeling stronger. As the days pass by, that should only improve - just in time for enjoying a wonderful summer.

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  6. Sounds as if all the creatures are thriving down there. Good!

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  7. This is wonderful roger, i love it

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  8. Hey, you can't keep a good man down! This post has me grinning from ear to ear.

    Any chance that you can watch for where the ducks are hanging out without disturbing them?

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  9. Lovely photos and comments. Great to hear about the Wood Ducks and Roger all doing so well. All are quite special!

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  10. Good news shared is good all the way around.
    A treat to learn about the wood ducks, we have a lot of them around here as we sit in the Pacific flyway.

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  11. I'm so glad Roger is getting his strength back, and has the energy to do so much! YAY!! It's interesting how much snow there was this past winter. My mother told me that we are expecting possibly more snow tomorrow! And they said Phil didn't see his shadow?!?

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