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New Wood Ducklings Here

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 Ducklings are Here!

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!

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