The Red-headed Woodpecker family has been out and about as have the older trio of Wood Ducklings. The dark headed Red-headed Woodpecker is a juvenile. The adult shown in the picture is an adult. Adult Red-headed Woodpeckers have the scarlet red-head and neck and have much clearer white and black backs. The juvenile Red-headed Woodpeckers have slight barring on the back and faint black spotting on their bellies.
The Wood Duck ducklings are the older ducklings born here this past Spring. There also are a pair of ducklings born later on in the Summer but I have not seen them around. They may be out on the nearby lake. The Wood Ducks are quite shy. I was happy to see these beautiful ducks, though from a long distance, yesterday. I took all of these pictures just after it had stopped raining in the late afternoon here in the yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The Wood Ducks have been extra busy as of late. I was quite pleasantly surprised yesterday to stumble upon a new mother hen Wood Duck and her new brood of three precious ducklings here on the pond. I did not know that Wood Ducks would start families so late in the year, but well, here they are! I am guessing that these ducklings are about a few days old now.
They are certainly not the same ducklings that I had earlier photographed (those are now learning to fly). I think that the drakes must be hanging out at the lake down the street. I have not seen a drake here since May. I am thrilled to see these new babies and hope they thrive! I took these photographs in a big hurry so as not to upset the mother duck and her babies. I took the pictures on July 21, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The three Wood Ducklings are doing fine and were out on the pond last evening at about 7:20pm when I snapped these pictures. The ducks were way out on the pond and were traveling from this shore to the opposite side of the pond. They try to stay on which ever side of the pond does not have a Great Blue Heron or any cows wading along the shoreline. The cattle that graze in the field across the pond often cool off by taking a dip in the cool pond and that disturbs the ducks.
The ducklings will be flying in another month but can only paddle for now. They are growing fast and are almost as big as their mother. No sign of any drakes or males. Maybe the boys are happily paddling and flying around the nearby small private community lake down the way. Who can tell? I was thrilled to see the ducklings in great condition. I look forward to seeing these ducks here in coming months as semi-residents of the little farm pond. Please click on the thumbnail image to se the larger picture. Enjoy!
I was out with the camera yesterday afternoon at pond-side and accidentally startled the little family of Wood Ducks. Mama quickly led her trio of ducklings away from the shore and way out onto the pond and across to the other shore. She had hidden her ducklings in amongst the tall reeds where I did not at first spot them. The Wood Ducks are quite shy and unlike the gregarious Mallards, just don’t want to be around humans.
These ducks eat insects and tiny pond animals so I think there may be delicious worms and snails around in the reeds and rushes to tempt the ducklings. I did not see the drake out this afternoon. He may be resting or away with some of the other males at the nearby lake. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
By the way, the famed once-in-a-lifetime event, “The Transit of Venus” will happen late this afternoon (time for the United States of America views). I am going to observe by watching on the NASA website (this is an address reference for you)<http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/webcasts/nasaedge/>. Never directly look at the Sun as you could become blinded. Treat this as if you were going to watch a Solar Eclipse.
I am totally thrilled to let you know that last night at about 7:30pm. I saw a proud mama Wood Duck at this side of the pond with her three ducklings! Three or four ducklings is typical for many Wood Duck pairs to have. I think these babies are two days old now. Excuse the fuzzy slightly out of focus photographs. The light was dim and I was quite a ways from the ducks. I must have frightened the mother duck as she quickly started with the babies, paddling across the pond. I hope to get different pictures another day but these ducks are extremely shy and will be more so with the new babies in tow. I took these pictures last night. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I saw another couple of duck parades here on the lake on Tuesday. A mother Wood Duck was out with four ducklings during the first pass and another hen joined in during the second cruise. I later saw the drake but he was not with the babies so I do not know if he is the daddy with this family or not. The second hen may be a mother of some of these ducklings or just extra help. Who knows? I am so thrilled to see all of these new ducks and geese here and delight in taking these pictures. I took the photographs in the afternoon of May 24, 2011 from my deck. We have had a few very cloudy days here so please excuse how dark these pictures are. By the way, those white flecks on the lake are bits of tree pollen. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
When we last saw this fine fellow, he was a mere duckling. Now he is looking dapper in his almost fully feathered finery. He is a handsome drake Wood Duck. We have seen him here on this blog as a mere ball of fluff with a bill, a duckling paddling with his parents, an independent young duckling, and now as an almost mature duck. I took this picture yesterday, June 8, 2010 in the morning. It is exciting to see how the ducks grow up. It is easier for me to track the Wood Duck because we have so few pairs of these shy ducks here on our lake. We do have lots of Mallard Ducks and plenty of Canada Geese but the Wood Ducks did not have big clutches of eggs hatch this year. My home’s shoreline seems to be right on the almost daily track of the Wood Ducks here. They seem to come and go very early in the morning and about twilight here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!