This spring we’ve seen baby robins and baby geese at nearby Columbus Park. Late last week, while I was out town, the boys found baby Wood Ducks at Columbus Park. When I went back today, I found the mother duck with her week-old babies:
Mother Wood Ducks are small and not too strong. When danger threatens, they protect their babies by swimming away and hiding them. (Compare this to the larger, stronger Canada Geese — they protect their young by attacking anything that threatens them.)
We’re so happy to have a Wood Duck family at Columbus Park this year! We’ve been watching the parents since early March, when they first returned after spending the winter somewhere south of here. (Go here to see Ethan’s first Wood Duck photos of the year.) In mid April the mother Wood Duck disappeared, but we still saw the male on the lagoon most days. We hoped she had found a hollow tree to nest in — and it seems she did! And now, finally, the mother duck has brought her babies to the lagoon.
Here are two later posts about this Wood Duck family:
To learn more about how Wood Ducks raise their young, you can check these websites:
- All About Birds – Basic information about Wood Duck natural history, including nesting.
- YouTube – First of a series of videos of Wood Ducks hatching and leaving the nest.
- Wikipedia – Encyclopedia-style information about Wood Ducks.
We’ll keep watching the Wood Duck family as they grow, and we’ll post the photos on this blog.