Aug 102017
 
Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser Babies

As usual, the short Canadian summer feels like it’s moving at light speed. Is it already August? July was all about trying to balance regular summer activities (like paddling, camping and socializing with friends) with birding. Birding is fairly slow in July anyway, so it was nice to shift my focus for a while. Saying […]

Sep 282016
 
Quiet Nature Preserves Have Their Busy Days

We have a small nature preserve in town named The Helen Carlson Wildlife Sanctuary. I like to stop in for a quick look around whenever I’m in the area. During my last visit their was a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out keyeer keyeer keeyer from the top of a pine tree just as I was getting […]

Sep 132013
 
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is only 25 miles from New York City in Vernon, New Jersey. It’s a great place for a day of strolling and wildlife spotting.There are duck blinds,roads and trails, wildflower fields, and boardwalks over marshes. Wood ducks and eastern bluebirds are some of the wildlife rock stars that breed in […]

Apr 142013
 
Wood Duck with Ducklings

The Wood Ducks on Grassy Lake, the pond by my office parking lot, are now the proud parents of four little ducklings. This morning I saw the mom with the four ducklings, and as she swam around thelilypads, the ducklings would walk on top of them following her around. It looked like they only entered […]

Apr 112013
 
Mead Gardens, 4/1/2013

This morning was pretty fun at Mead Gardens. I saw a couple Barred Owls and a few Wood Ducks that were cooperative with my camera, though most other species I saw were not. I heard a Red-eyed Vireo in the park this morning, and I have a brief glimpse at a Painted Bunting on the […]

Feb 222013
 
Mead Gardens, 2/13/2013

There was a sure sign that Spring is returning to Central Florida this morning at Mead Gardens–the lovely sound of Northern Parula singing in the Live Oak trees. It’s a very welcome sound, and I found about 5 this morning, though none posed for photographs. A pair of Wood Ducks, however, were just begging to […]

Wood Duck Aix sponsa

 
Wood Duck Aix sponsa

The Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) is a medium-sized perching duck. It shares its genus with the Asian Mandarin Duck.Their breeding habitat is wooded swamps, shallow lakes, marshes or ponds in eastern North America, the west coast of the United States and western Mexico. Factsheet: Wood Duck Aix sponsa (LC)   carolina_duck