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Wood Ducks came to call on April 21, 2012.  This is the first time I have seen a flock here.  Usually I see four or five but more likely just a trio.  The big flock was a pleasant surprise.  Notice that most of these ducks are drakes or males.  The drakes are the colorful ones with brown, green, orange, blue, black, white and red feathers.  A walking rainbow!  The hens are cocoa brown and white with black accents.  Both are smaller ducks.  They whistle-quack.  They nest in trees and have long toenails on webbed feet.  Wood Ducks like eating insects both aquatic and land-based.  They are very shy ducks and live in our area of Cumberland County, TN, year around.  I am very happy to have seen these beautiful ducks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Flock of Wood Ducks Arrives at the Farm Pond" (10)

  1. You are so lucky to get to see so many different water birds in your new home. Of course, you did see lots at the other place –but I can only imagine how exciting this is –to see them.. Gorgeous photos.

    Had a great time in the Smokies –but it was cold up there (37 degrees and spitting snow for awhile)… Brrrrr.


    • Hi Betsy, Better snow up in the mountains than here on the Plateau! Ha! Glad your trip was so nice. Yes, I do love living here and observing the ducks and geese and other water birds in action! Wood Ducks are lovely. Have a great day tomorrow!

  2. The wood duck is an amazing looking duck with all it distinctive colors. Almost like they are painted! I’ve yet to capture just one. What luck to have so many visit! Even an Great Blue Heron in the mix too. 🙂

    • Hi Donna, Yes, even “Hank Heron” (my husband named the heron after the baseball player) came to call with those Wood Ducks! Ha! I sure hope you’ll have taken pictures of Wood Ducks some day. Have an excellent day tomorrow!

  3. TexWisGirl said:

    how cool! we never see whole flocks here, either. but today i was surprised to look out and now see 3 males and 1 female (have had 2 males and 1 female for a few weeks). 🙂

    • Hi TexWisGirl, I hope that your foursome are scouts for a flock. Wouldn’t that be great? I sure hope so. In any event, having four Wood Ducks is outstanding! Have a great day tomorrow!

  4. Good variety in your pictures, I don’t think i have ever seen pictures of them away from the water like this! So do they live in flocks, or just as couples?

    • Hi Ginny, I think that the Wood Ducks have done what the Red-headed Woodpeckers have done – travel in a larger flock and when at the destination, spread out in twos and fours. Have a super good day tomorrow!

  5. Seeing that flock must have been a treat! I’ve seen pairs here but never more that that.

    • Hi Montucky, I sure did enjoy seeing all those Wood Ducks together. Glad you also get to see Wood Ducks there where you live. Have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!

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