Wood Duck – 5/30/16
Observer: Josh Simons
Observation Date: 5/30/16
Observation Time: 11:50 a.m.
Observation Location: Moose Hill area
Common Name: Wood Duck
Scientific Name: Aix sponsa
Comments: This guy went running through our yard this morning. We were initially concerned to see such a young bird on his own, but my bird app says that wood ducks leave the nest shortly after hatching.
‘sponsa’ means ‘bethrothed’, i.e. dressed for a wedding, from the bird’s attractive appearance” (Dictionary of American Bird Names, by Ernest Choate)
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