One of North America’s most beautiful birds, the wood duck, just had a complete flock in one nest!
Unlike most waterfowl, wood ducks perch and even nest in trees. They are comfortable flying through woods and anyone who’s ever hunted these birds as they zig zag through a swamp understands it’s like trying to hit a whiffle ball.
These handsome birds are one of the few equipped with strong ‘claws’ that can grip tree bark and certainly perch on branches. With that in mind it’s not surprising that they would choose to nest in a knot hole over water.
This hen not only did that, but she fledged an entire flock in one sitting!
Thanks to New Jersey Forests for sharing a video by Scott McNeeley. Look for Wood Ducks in wooded swamps, marshes, streams, beaver ponds, and small lakes. They prefer to stick to wet areas with trees, and as a cavity nester, wood ducks take to nest boxes quite well.
Since Ducks Unlimited, the foremost authority on everything ducky, has the power, you can find plans for a wood duck nestbox right here.
Now get out there and start making your own flock!