El Dorado Co Wood Duck babies and more
- Day 3 we still have all 5 babies. I have done a bit of reading and the
nestling stage for Wood Ducks is 1 day and fledgling stage is 5 weeks.
Yesterday the Wild Bunch was out of control and Mama could not get
them to behave. They refuse to bunch up at her call. I was surprised
they made it through their 2nd day of life.
Today the seem to have learned to bunch together and not be so wildly
independant. I guess the first night out was scarey. Today they Mama
had them under control.
It was amazing watching these youngsters feed. They could catch bugs
out of the air with no problems. Go Wood Ducks!!! I have been
scattering bird seed near the waters edge all winter. The duckings
enjoy the seed, too. Later in the day I was astonished to find the
babies alone on the pond except for the male Mallard. I doubt he was
the designated babysitter. I'm not sure how long the little ones were
alone. but I did see the male and female fly back to the pond togther.
Since they were brought to the pond it seems the male Wood Duck is
also helping protect the ducklings. This evening I had 5 males and 2
females. Will we see more ducklings from the 2nd female?
...and what about the female Mallard????
Other birds today at the feeder were a male Black-headed Grosbeak,
male Western Tanager, Red-breasted Nuthatch and the 4 Chipping
Sparrows returned this evening.
Grizzly Flat Rd. el. 3150ft