Nebraska Ornithologists' Union



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"Notes," from Nebraska Bird Review (September 1983) 51(3).


Copyright 1983, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


LATE WOOD DUCK BROODS. I don't know if weather affected the nesting of some Wood Ducks or not, but 8 August (1982) seems a little late for baby woodies. At the Iowa Settling Pond, there were two hens with new families; one hen had two ducklings that were about 5 to 6 days old, and another hen had a brood that was only a few hours out of the nest. The Wood Duck raises but one brood in a season in any part of its wide range, according to Bent, and has always been considered and early nester. I searched several waterfowl books for ldte nesting records and could find nothing later than the end of July - no mention of August records at all. It takes 60 days for young Wood Ducks to be able to fly, so October will catch these birds unprepared to migrate as early as they should.