Saturday, April 2, 2016

Woody in the Tree




I'm not used to seeing ducks in trees. When I was a kid, the only ducks I can remember were firmly planted on the ground as they waddled off behind the cow in the Farmland Coloring Book.  But on a foggy morning this week a drake Wood Duck perched in an old oak tree down the hill from us. Glancing from side to side and stretching his neck and tail, he looked very much at home in the limb high above the ground.  For a moment, the sun broke through the gloom and spotlighted his bright breeding colors, and then the fog closed in again, and were it not for his movement, he would almost have faded from sight.




Wood Ducks, unlike other ducks, have claws that can grip branches, and they nest large tree cavities or nesting boxes. We used to have a box nailed to a tree by the pond, but the Wood Ducks didn't come and squirrels moved in and wrecked it. Now six of the colorful ducks float the pond and we're hoping there are enough tree cavities left over from the squirrels for all of them to stay. 


Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday



12 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, awesome shots of the Wood Ducks. I hope they find a god spot there to nest. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

A beautiful find and image. Have a wonderful weekend.

Lisa Gordon said...

I have definitely never seen a duck in a tree.
I did not know that any of them could do that.
What a great find, Connie, and these photographs are beautiful.
Have a great weekend!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! I've also photographed Wood Ducks in trees, though they're the only ones I've seen in trees. TexWisGirl knows all about ducks in trees - apparently Whistling Ducks love to perch in trees and just about anything else.

Gayle atMuldoon said...

Great capture. The RG tells me pretty much only wood ducks would be seen in trees due to their feet structure. But I too thought of Tex's Whistlers. But then again they due seem to be a breed of their own :)

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shot!

TexWisGirl said...

awww! love that! and love that you got to see my goofy whistling ducks, too. :)

Sharon K said...

How interesting!
Thanks for the education and beautiful photography, Connie. :)

Stewart M said...

Well, they are called wood ducks - great pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Nette Cecilia said...

Beautiful photos of a handsome bird ,Nette

Rajesh said...

Beautiful bird. It looks like somebody has painted it very carefully.

Jeanne said...

Awesome shots. Very interesting seeing the movement when you scroll over with the mouse. Guess that is a gif??? Have no idea how to do that, but fun to see it move. Think those wood ducks are so beautiful!