Wood Ducks – 10/19/12
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 10/19/12
Observation Time: 2:05 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond
Common Name: Wood Duck
Scientific Name: Aix sponsa
Comments: These skittish ducks have spectacular plumage. Unlike most other ducks, they have sharp claws for perching in trees.
Wood Duck populations increased between 1966 and 2015 according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This is good news considering their dramatic declines in the late 19th century. Wood Ducks can be found throughout the year in the U.S., with some individuals breeding in Canada, and some wintering in Mexico.
More Information: All About Birds.org