Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Wood Ducks and Bear Bait

April 6, 2015

The bears are going to be happy this fall!  We’ve got lots of apple blossoms.

Stellar Jays on Apple Tree

Stellar Jays on Apple Tree

The wood ducks made an appearance this afternoon.  It looks like the male on the left is a young one just coming into his breeding colors.  Maybe still living with Mom and Dad until he gets through this awkward stage?

Wood Ducks in Tidewater

Wood Ducks in Tidewater

The hen stayed closer to the larger male so I’m guessing they are a couple.

Wood Ducks in Tidewater

Wood Duck Couple

Maybe we need to make a nest box.

Merganser Courtship

March 22, 2015

Springtime is full of activity as ducks try to attract the attention of the opposite sex.  Males attract females with their vibrant colors.

Male Common Merganser

Male Common Merganser

The female common mergansers don’t change their plumage much, if at all.

Female Common Merganser

Female Common Merganser

But their attitude seems to change quite a bit during courtship.  They choose a mate and chase the other males away.  Sometimes it looks like she’s even grouchy with her mate though.

(By the way, I don’t have any control over what videos Youtube displays after mine. Please tell me if it shows offensive video choices.)

When it’s time to mate, though, the female gets very quiet.

She probably laid stretched out in the water for about 5 minutes before her partner was ready.


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