Considered by many to be the most beautiful North American waterfowl, the Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) is also one of the earlier nesting species in the Northeast. After wintering in the southern half of the
Although Wood Ducks will readily use nest boxes, placing too many boxes in a single location frequently leads to “dump” nests. This is when many female Wood Ducks (and other cavity nesting waterfowl) deposit eggs in each other’s nests, often leading to clutches of up to 40 eggs that cannot be incubated successfully. To avoid creating this situation, place only one or two boxes per pond or wetland and locate them out of sight of each other.
Waterfowl sightings dominated the bird reports this week, including a pair of Wood Ducks at the
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