A male or drake Wood Duck visited the little farm pond on Sunday, March 11, 2012 in the late afternoon. I have seen Wood Ducks here on a handful of occasions. They likely live on one of the nearby lakes. There are about nine farm ponds, and at least five lakes within three miles of my home here. There also are a lot of rural woodland areas which, in combination with the water, makes these ducks very happy.
The drake Wood Duck was happily paddling along with the resident female or hen Ring-Necked Duck. There also was a male or drake Mallard nearby poking around in the growing reeds. All seemed content. I am so glad. Yesterday I did not see the Wood Duck so I think it was just here resting on its journey elsewhere. The Wood Ducks do live here in the area so who can tell where it was going. I enjoy seeing the brilliant mustard yellow, rust, blue, green, black and white drake Wood Ducks. They are oh so handsome! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!