|I Hope EWE grasp the meaning of "Answering the Call"!|
|Most people who see me think I'm Brilliant! (in color, anyway)|
Most Wood Ducks nest in areas where a 10-acre body of water is accessible, such as ponds, freshwater swamps, & marshes.They need appropriate water plants, such as cattails & reeds, to provide both cover from predators & food while their clutch matures.They seek to nest in the hollow of a tree, which ranges from 5ft.-290ft high & is near water.The primary reason for the height of the hollow is for the protection it offers from predators, such as raccoons, weasels, & mink!
|Swimming relaxes me so that I'm better equipped to deal with the ducklings!|
The nest hollow,which has previously been created by either
woodpeckers, squirrels, or decay, must not be too deep. It must be suitable to the young ducklings' ability to crawl up to the opening & leave! "Nest boxes", built specifically for Wood Ducks, are also used. Once the nest is selected, the female plucks feathers to insulate the nest. She proceeds, laying one egg a day until her 10-15 eggs are laid. She then initiates the 30-day incubation period, which almost guarantees the birth of her clutch at the same time!
|I wish these kids would hurry up & hatch!|
|I'm branching out but "StayTuned" for the ducklings first step! It's a big one!|
|I will never again jump out of an airplane! I'm joining the Army!|
|Don't Ewe think I have an innocent face?|
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." Jn.10:27