Wood Duck Hatch!

In the spring of 2008, we built and put up a wood duck house on the red pine in front of Cottage #7 & Cottage #8.  However, we didn’t get any nesting takers.  This spring, I went up and put in new bedding in the house with hopes it would attract a female wood duck for nesting.  After a few days, we began to see activity in the house and soon thereafter, there were 9 eggs.

Two days ago, I checked to see if they had hatched again and they hadn’t.  Today, our guests notified us that the chicks had jumped out of the house and walked down to the water.  We ran outside to try get good pictures, but they had already made their way down the shoreline.

According to wikipedia, wood duck chicks jump from the house a day after they hatch and are immediately able to swim and get food on their own.  It’s pretty amazing how well-developed they are following the hatching from the egg.

“See You At The Lake”

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